Clinical Research C.A.R.E. Awards

The initial Clinical Research Coordinator Annual Recognition of Excellence award launched in 2009 is a Perelman School of Medicine award that was established by the Penn Society of Clinical Research Coordination and Management (SCRCM), in collaboration with the Office of Clinical Research (OCR), to honor the Penn clinical clinical research staff member who exemplifies excellence in knowledge, skills and values of the profession. It has been recognized that Penn's clinical research community is large and diverse. In response to the fact that there are outstanding and impactful individuals throughout Penn, who are in different phases of their careers and bring unique perspectives to the world of clinical research, the 2014 award has been expanded to include the following Care awards: the Rising Star, Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rising Star Award
This award is presented to an outstanding, junior coordinator who has already made significant contributions to their clinical research studies, bringing initiative, dedication to the patients who volunteer and vigilance with compliance, and who demonstrates an outstanding dedication to the field of clinical research. This up-and-coming individual sets a strong example for their peers and motivates them to make a positive impact on the clinical research profession. This individual has the confidence and skills required to become a true leader in the CRC profession, and the wisdom to seek advice when appropriate. The Rising Star is expected to thrive and have a successful career within the Penn clinical research community.

Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award
The Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the spirit of ingenuity and inventiveness within clinical research through adaptation, enhancement, and development of new procedures that result in improvement to the clinical research process and associated field of research. This person has demonstrated the ability to consistently approach research with creativity and zeal, shown a willingness to assume leadership roles and has refined both their clinical and regulatory research skills.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime achievement award will be given to the clinical research professional who during their lifetime has made consistently superior contributions of outstanding significance to the field of clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore the recipient of this award will have demonstrated unwavering dedication to the safety and welfare of research subjects. This award recognizes that the scope of clinical research is diverse and requires the input and effort of a wide variety of individuals. The awardee will have demonstrated tremendous experience in the clinical, regulatory and/or financial aspects of the clinical research profession .

Nomination Process:
Nominations will be accepted from any faculty or staff of the University of Pennsylvania community including Principal Investigators, Sub-Investigators, coordinators, research teams, and Department and Division administration and staff. The Clinical Research C.A.R.E. Award Committee reviews all submitted nominations and associated letters of support to make the final determination of award recipients. The Award Selection Committee is comprised of faculty, research coordinators, and representatives from Penn Medicine and University research administrative offices.

A potential award recipient may be nominated for only one of the three categories. Letters of support should reflect the unique criteria outlined in each award description.

All nominations must be received by 11:59pm on March 21, 2014 to be considered for this award. The 2014 recipients will be announced at the Annual Recognition Event for the Society of Clinical Research Coordination and Management on  June 6, 2014.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order for the nominees to be evaluated by the appointed selection committee, they must meet all of the following criteria:
Nominees must work full time at Penn and have direct subject/patient interaction.
Nominees must be in their current role for a minimum of 2 years.
Nominees must not be a previous recipient of the C.A.R.E. Award.
Nominees must have a current Penn CRC certification.
Nominees must receive 2 letter(s) of support and have their nominator complete an online nomination form.
Questions or comments can be directed to the
Office of Clinical Research at or (215) 746-8334