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2020 NIH Director’s Awards Now Online

An NIH Director’s Award is the most prestigious non-monetary award at NIH to recognize the outstanding achievements of all institutes, centers and offices. Each nomination undergoes a rigorous review process that includes each institute/center director, the NIH awards review committee and selection by the NIH director for special recognition.

Historically, the in-person ceremony provided an opportunity to showcase stellar service in the areas of research, administration, technical and clerical support, mentorship, clinical care, Commissioned Corps, work/life and well-being and equity, diversity and inclusion. This year, the remarkable accomplishments of 660 NIH staff from the 2019 calendar year are presented in a virtual format. The site ( was developed in partnership with IC leadership across NIH.

Nominations for the NIH Director’s Award are accepted from late fall through mid-winter and should be based on accomplishments fulfilled during the last full calendar year (January–December). Any NIH employee with familiarity of the work performed either by an individual or group can nominate. Nominations for the 2021 NIH Director’s Awards will open soon and must be entered through the electronic honorary awards and ranking system at

Email for more information on the nomination process.

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