Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences

Funding Agency:
Association of American Medical Colleges

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. 

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

The nomination deadline is  January 24, 2020.

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Eligibility Requirements

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



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

January 24, 2020