Research Awards of Excellence

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The New Investigator Awards (Bowman and Brown) acknowledge distinguished work for innovative basic and clinical research discoveries by junior faculty.  To be eligible, nominees must hold an appointment as Assistant Professor on June 30, 2024.

The Senior Research Awards (Cohen, Martin and Osler) recognize researchers’ achievements in several categories based on their overall body of work, with an emphasis placed on research performed predominantly at the University of Pennsylvania in the last five years.

This award recognizes achievement by an emerging faculty investigator engaged in innovative discoveries.  Nominations are not limited to a particular biomedical research discipline.  Competitive nominees will have accomplished a significant body of work as an independent investigator at Penn.


This award recognizes achievement in the health evaluation sciences by a junior faculty member.  Emphasis will be on patient-oriented research that addresses fundamental clinical problems as well as the organization and delivery of health care.  Key research areas include: studying the natural history of common problems and major diseases; understanding how people, families, communities and systems deal with health/illness; improving doctor-patient communication, decision-making and partnership; testing efficacy, effectiveness and systems to improve patient satisfaction, safety and outcomes.  Methods used in this research include those from health services, biomedical, public health, public policy and social sciences.

This award recognizes achievement in the broad field of biomedical research.  Preference will be given to candidates whose research topic lies outside of patient-oriented research and health evaluation sciences.

This award recognizes achievement in the health evaluation sciences, including bioethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, and related fields.  This area of research is designed to improve the organization, delivery, and financing of health care; to discover new knowledge about the clinical and social basis of disease and its treatment; and to understand the ethical and social implications of the work of the health professions.

This award recognizes achievement in research conducted with human subjects (or material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects.  This area of research includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies.

  • Candidates must hold a primary appointment in PSOM. 
  • Candidates can be nominated by PSOM faculty from any track or rank.
  • Self-nominations are precluded.
  • Faculty are eligible to receive an award in each of the five categories only once; however, receiving a new investigator award does not preclude subsequent selection for a senior award.
  • Each nomination packet should include the following in the order below:
    • Nomination letter including a statement that the department Chair approves and endorses the nomination.
    • Summary of significant research contributions in the past five years (one page).
    • List of other significant indicators of quality of recent research (one page).
    • List of up to five key recent publications.
    • Current CV or biosketch with other support pages, including current and pending funding.
      • For new investigator awards only (Brown and Bowman), please include the candidate’s appointment start date and anticipated date of promotion. To be eligible, nominees must hold an appointment as Assistant Professor on June 30, 2024.

Materials must be submitted in single pdf file in the following order: Nomination letter, research contribution summary, other significant indicators of research quality, five key publications, CV, and start date/anticipated date of promotion (if applicable).

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