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Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences

The Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences honors outstanding medical research related to health and disease. The research recognized may be in the fields of basic discovery, clinical research, health outcomes research, and patient- and population-based outcomes research. It should have a positive impact on medicine and on the health of patients and populations. The AAMC has awarded this prestigious research prize since 1947.

The awardee receives the Research Award and a prize of $5,000. 

Selection Criteria

The nominee must be an individual who serves on the faculty of an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A career in research marked by a significant contribution to science, including research that has led to discoveries or inventions that have improved health and well-being. Examples include:

    • A foundational discovery followed by shepherding the idea toward improving health
    • For inventors, broad use of their inventions and significant health impact
    • For clinical researchers, evidence of significance, impact on patients, reproducibility, and acknowledged excellence in team work
    • For epidemiologists and community-focused investigators, a record of improving health through engagement with the community and local capacity building

Guidelines for Entry

Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member of an AAMC-member medical school, teaching hospital, or academic society.

Nominations must be received by January 25, 2019, via the electronic entry form. Information on the fields required for nominations here .

The Research Award Review Committee will review nominations and invite selected nominators to submit additional support materials, including:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including current address and bibliography
  • One two-page letter of support of the nominee authored by an AAMC-member institution’s dean, chief executive officer, or president on institutional letterhead, addressed to the Research Award Review Committee
  • Two additional two-page letters of support attesting to the nominee’s qualifications for the Research Award
  • Copies of a maximum of five key publications by the nominee

Selected nominators will be notified by February 28, 2019, if they are invited to submit additional materials. There is no need to compile these resources before you are notified on February 28. Additional support materials must be submitted by April 6, 2019, via email to Sandra Gordon at

The winner of the award will be notified by July 31, 2019, and honored at Learn Serve Lead 2019 in Phoenix.

Please address all questions to:

Sandra Gordon
Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2339