Trailblazer Prize for Clinician Scientists
The FNIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists (Trailblazer Prize) recognizes outstanding contributions of early-career clinician-scientists whose work has led to innovations in patient care. The prize celebrates the achievements of scientists whose research has translated basic scientific observations into new paradigm-shifting approaches for diagnosing, preventing, treating or curing disease and disability.
The FNIH recognizes the unique and critical role clinician-scientists play in the evolution of medical practice as their findings and innovations are applied to improving patients’ care worldwide. With this Prize, the FNIH shines a light onto the medical contributions of the winner(s) and, by doing so, allows his or her work to inspire, encourage and promote the entrance of new talent into this critically important field.
• Candidate must be a practicing clinician with at least 50% of time devoted to independent active research efforts;
• Candidate must hold a full-time primary appointment as an instructor, assistant professor or be an early-career staff member of a clinical department or unit;
• Candidate is nominated for an achievement(s) in translational and/or clinical research leading to new, innovative approaches in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment or cure of diseases and/or disabilities;
• Two early-career researchers may be nominated if they have worked as a team; in this case, at least one of the two must be a clinician-scientist as defined in the first two eligibility bullets above. When the TrailblazerPrize is given to two individuals, the honorarium will be divided among the winners, and each will receive a citation and an inscribed crystal award.
• Nominations are broadly solicited and can be made by any member of an accredited educational and/or scientific institution. There is no limitation on the number of nominations that may be made by a single nominator or institution. No institutional approval is required.
• No self-nominations will be accepted.
• Nominations are to be for outstanding early-career clinician-scientists who reside in the United States or to a team of two early-career individuals, one of whom must meet the Eligibility Criteria.
• Nomination materials must be in English.
• If candidates are U.S. federal government employees or anyone else whose receipt of personal cash awards may be restricted, the nominator should confirm with the candidate that he or she is eligible to receive this award.
• Candidates nominated in a previous year may be nominated again as long as he or she still meets the requirements.
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To assist you in gathering the required information to complete your nomination, you may download the nomination worksheet in MS Word.