Advocacy Awards

The 25th anniversary of the Research!America Advocacy Awards recognized individuals and organizations whose commitment to science, technology, and public health has contributed to societal progress in profoundly important ways. The 2021 event, presented virtually, featured a mix of interviews, fireside chats, and Q&A sessions to introduce and honor the 2020 and 2021 Awardees. Click here to watch the recording. 

Click on the boxes below to learn more about our Honorees.

Questions about accessing the Awards broadcast? Contact us at or 703-739-3577 x0. 







If you’d like to make a gift in honor of this year’s Honorees, please visit our donation page. Donors will be recognized at the event. Research!America would like to thank the sponsors and benefactors for their generous support. Learn more about them by checking out the links below.

Advocacy Awards Benefactors

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Research!America's Advocacy Awards

Research!America shaped our 25th Anniversary Advocacy Awards around goals that are actually intertwined: to celebrate the 2020 honorees we were unable to salute in March 2020 due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, to honor key congressional champions for medical and public health research, and to recognize individuals and organizations front and center in the fight against COVID-19. These honorees, recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards, recipients of the 2021 Edwin C. Whitehead Awards, and our esteemed 2020 honorees exemplify the vision, resolve, expertise and hard work that drive medical and public health progress. Scientists, advocates, organizations, and partnerships; they each have contributed in remarkable ways to our individual and collective health.  

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 Advocacy Awards, please contact Katie Goode, Director, Alliance Development and Membership at

The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Program was established in 1996 by the Board of Directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health, and scientific research. We recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation's commitment to research. A list of our past Advocacy Awards honorees is available here. To learn more about supporting the Advocacy Awards, contact Katie Goode at

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Tim Haynes
Senior Director of Communications 

If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana