Dickson Prize in Medicine

Funding Agency:
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Dickson Prize in Medicine—the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s highest honor—is awarded annually to an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine.

The Dickson Prize often presages other major accolades. Since 1970–71, the first year the prize was awarded, 15 Dickson winners have won Nobel Prizes, and 23 recipients of the Dickson prize have received the Lasker Award, the most prestigious American honor for medical research.

The Dickson Prize is for investigators who are at especially productive points in their careers and whose research is, or will be, so influential that it deserves major recognition.

Winners of the prize receive a medal, a $50,000 honorarium, and travel expenses to Pitt to accept the award and present the keynote lecture during the University’s annual campus-wide showcase of scientific research. During the prizewinner’s two-day visit to Pitt, he or she also participates in scientific activities and meets informally with students, postdoctoral fellows, and other investigators.

Deadline for Nominations: Oct. 6, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Nominees for the Dickson Prize in Medicine should be actively engaged in innovative, paradigm shifting biomedical research that is worthy of significant and broad attention. This is a prize for someone whose career has been building, who is at an especially productive point currently, and whose research is—or will be—so influential that it deserves major recognition now. We encourage nominations to highlight not only the nominee’s scientific contributions but also the nominee’s impact on the broader scientific community, including mentoring, service, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen.



Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 6, 2023