NIH Director's Awards Nominations
The NIH Director’s Awards are intended to recognize exceptional performance or special efforts significantly beyond regular duty requirements and is directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission. Nominations are submitted for one of the four specific categories according to the nature of the act, service, or work performance.
These guidelines apply to the four award categories for the Director's Awards.
Category 1: Scientific/Medical
All NIH employees or groups of employees performing research, administering clinical/scientific disciplines, or working in scientific professions, such as Medical Officers, Health Science Administrators, Biologists, Chemists, Veterinarians, Dentists, and Nurses.
Category 2: Administrative
All NIH employees or groups of NIH employees performing, administering, or working in administrative functions, such as Budget, Human Resources, Grants Management, Contracts, Accounting, Information Technology, and Public Affairs and Communication, to support the scientific mission of the NIH.
Category 3: Mission Support
All NIH employees or groups of employees in grades GS-1 through GS-12 or Wage Grade (WG) equivalent technical work in trades, crafts, or labor work who may not be otherwise included in the administrative or scientific categories.
Category 4: Common Fund Leadership
To recognize superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond the regular duty requirements that are directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission.
Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award
This award is designed to support and encourage the continuation of mentoring activities within the organization and to establish mentoring as a core value at the NIH. The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, skill, and ability in serving as a high-quality mentor to one or more individuals.
Alan S. Rabson Award for Clinical Care
This award is to recognize outstanding clinical researchers who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to assisting patients and their families who look to the National Institutes of Health for help. Recipients of this award exemplify Dr. Rabson’s unswerving commitment to scientific and technical excellence, collaboration with colleagues, and provision of excellent, compassionate care for patients and those who love them.
The NIH Work/Life and Well-Being Champion
This award is intended to recognize one supervisor’s exceptional performance or special efforts in supporting their employees’ work/life and well-being while maintaining or improving productivity in support of the agency’s mission.