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2021 NIH Director’s Awards Announced

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

Historically, the in-person NIH Director’s Awards 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 time the remarkable accomplishments of 3,000 awardees from the 2020 calendar year are highlighted in a virtual format; to browse the 2021 recipient list and watch messages from key leaders, visit:

Nominations for the NIH Director’s Award are based on accomplishments fulfilled during the last full calendar year (January-December). Nominations can be submitted by any NIH employee familiar with work performed either by an individual or group. Nominations for 2022 awards will open soon and must be entered through the electronic honorary awards and ranking system, e-HARTS.

See or email for details about the nomination process.

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