2022 Advocacy Awards

The AWards

Nominations are now closed for Research!America’s 2022 Advocacy Awards! The annual Advocacy Awards were established in 1996 by the Board of Directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose commitment to advocacy for research and innovation has advanced medical and public health progress in profoundly important ways. 

The 2021 Advocacy Awards honored the powerful research, innovation and advocacy deployed in the fight against COVID-19 with a new set of awards focused on public health. We are pleased to continue our public health awards in 2022, honoring individuals and organizations at the forefront of public health research and advocacy.

 
Please see below for a full description of the 2022 awards. 
 
A list of our past Advocacy Award awardees is available here. See highlights of the 2021 Advocacy Awards program here.

 

GORDON AND LLURA GUND LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to increasing the level of advocacy for medical, public health or other health-related research in their communities or on the local, state, or national level.

2020—Mary Fogarty McAndrew
2019—Denny Sanford
2018—Shari and Garen Staglin
2017—Joseph Biden

Review past Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award awardees.

GEOFFREY BEENE FOUNDATION BUILDERS OF SCIENCE AWARD 
The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award recognizes those who have provided inspiration and determination in building an outstanding home for research. Eligible candidates for the award are distinguished medical, health, and scientific research administrators, scientists, and other leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to advocacy for research by building an outstanding scientific research institution.

2020—Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH; Gary J. Nabel, MD, PhD; and Paul A. Offit, MD
2019—Susan Hockfield, PhD
2018—Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD
2017—Leland H. Hartwell, PhD

Review past Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award awardees.

ISADORE ROSENFELD AWARD FOR IMPACT ON PUBLIC OPINION

The Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion is presented annually to a news media representative or other influential individual who has been extraordinarily effective in delivering medical, public health, or other health-related research advocacy messages to the public.

2020—Renée Fleming
2019—Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil
2018—Atul Gawande, MD, MPH
2017—Kathy Bates

Review past Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion awardees.

HERBERT PARDES FAMILY AWARD FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ADVOCACY FOR RESEARCH

The Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research, established by the Research!America Board of Directors in 2018, recognizes individuals who, throughout their careers have – like Dr. Pardes – demonstrated distinguished leadership and sustained commitment to public engagement and advocacy for research.

2020—Michael M.E. Johns, MD
2019—David R. Williams, PhD

 

PAUL G. ROGERS DISTINGUISHED ORGANIZATION ADVOCACY AWARD

The Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award honors a public or private organization or institution that is a strong advocate for medical, public health, or other health-related research at the national, state, or local level.

2020—National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2019—Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2018—EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
2017—Lupus Foundation of America

Review past Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award awardees.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD
The Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Award recognizes an individual for their extraordinary work and enormous contributions to public health.
 
2021—Anthony S. Fauci, MD
 
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION AWARD
The Building the Foundation Award recognizes one or more individuals whose basic research discoveries have played a pivotal role in advancing public health.
 
2021—Katalin Karikó, PhD, and Drew Weissman, MD, PhD
 
RAPID TRANSLATION AWARD
The Rapid Translation Award honors a public-private partnership that has made a critical contribution to public health progress.
 
2021—National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Moderna
 
MEETING THE MOMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD
The Meeting the Moment for Public Health Award recognizes an individual or organization that has been a “clear voice,” playing a key role in communicating important public health information to the public. 
 
2021—Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

Board selected awards:

EDWIN C. WHITEHEAD AWARD FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH ADVOCACY

The Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy recognizes exemplary leaders, particularly those in public office, who have shown a long-standing commitment to advancing health research as a national priority and who galvanize others in support of science policy and funding. This award is selected by the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

JOHN EDWARD PORTER LEGACY AWARD, Generously supported by Ann Lurie

The John Edward Porter Legacy Award, generously supported by Ann Lurie, is awarded to individuals who show outstanding commitment to sustaining the nation’s world-class leadership in medical and health research. This award is selected by the Board of Directors.

ABOut the nominations process: 

The Selection Committee consists of members of the Research!America Board of Directors. While we encourage nominations to a specific award category, the Selection Committee reserves the right to determine the best category. At the discretion of the Selection Committee, some award categories may not be fulfilled in a given year. Members of the Research!America Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination in any category. Emeritus Directors are eligible for nomination based upon the criteria outlined above.
 
For additional information, contact Research!America at nominations@researchamerica.org.

Media Contacts

Tim Haynes
Senior Director of Communications 
 

We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America