In 2021, the HESI Innovation Prize will recognize an individual(s) who has helped to reduce disproportionate health burdens in underserved populations and/or to promote greater health equity via their work or efforts in one or more the following areas that are central to HESI’s core operations:
Areas of Focus
The HESI Innovation Prize recognizes exceptional scientists who share HESI’s commitment to synthesizing ideas, resources, and collaborators across scientific disciplines and sectors – and who have demonstrated particular creativity and impact in doing so. Awardees will have applied this approach to catalyze health equity progress in relation to one or more of the following areas that are central to HESI’s core operations:
- Safe and effective medicines
- Food safety and security
- Chemical and consumer product safety
- Environmental quality and sustainability
Why this Prize?
For more than 30 years, HESI has built and led multi-sector programs that bridge science into application to improve human and environmental health. Our programs have improved global capabilities to protect the health of patients, the public, and the environment. However, we know we are not alone in our mission to create a safer, more sustainable world through innovative collaborations. An unrestricted cash prize of $80,000 USD will be awarded to a single individual (or multiple nominees if applying together) who has helped to reduce disproportionate health burdens in underserved populations and/or to promote greater health equity in relation to the areas of focus listed above.
HESI will be accepting applications from April 1 – June 30, 2021. Awardees will be notified of their selection by August 2021 and must be willing to give an online presentation about their work to the HESI membership.
Interested in applying?
Applicants must submit a short letter (maximum 5 pages) that includes examples of the impact of the nominee’s work in creating novel, cross-disciplinary collaborations in relation to the year’s thematic focus. Applications must also include a CV (5-10 pages maximum) for the nominee, as well as 1-2 letters of support.