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 specific categories according to the nature of the act, service, or work performance. Please contact your IC Award Coordinator for details on how to submit a nomination.
NIH Director's Awards Improvements Initiative Outcomes
The section will explain all the improvements that were made for the NIH Director's Awards for the award year 2023. Please review this section to understand the changes that have been made to various sections of the program.
These guidelines apply to the award categories for the NIH Director's Awards.
Scientific/Medical Award - Research
All NIH employees, staff, or groups of staff (which can also include contractors) performing research, administering clinical/scientific disciplines, or working in scientific research professions.
Scientific/Medical Award - Clinical Care
All NIH employees, staff, or groups of staff (which can include contractors) who provide exceptional patient care.
All NIH employees, staff, and groups of staff (which can also include contractors) performing, administering, or working in administrative functions.
Common Fund Leadership
All NIH employees promoting the advancement of the NIH Common Fund Program initiatives and/or their underlying processes.
Common Fund Unsung Heroes Award
All NIH employees who are involved with the management of Common Fund programs.
Customer Service Award (New Award)
The purpose of this award is to recognize NIH employees who deliver exceptional customer service. The award recognizes those individuals or groups whose professionalism, and commitment to customer service make them role models for customer service delivery.
Emerging Leaders Award (New Award)
The award recognizes NIH employees who show exemplary promise as future leaders, who may not necessarily be in a formal leadership role (i.e., supervisor or manager).
All NIH employees, staff, and groups of staff (which can also include contractors) in grades GS-1 through GS-12 or equivalent performing activities that support ongoing maintenance, office support, and infrastructure of NIH. Nominations must not have employees in grades GS-13 or above, with the exception of a single team lead for a group that otherwise meets that grade limit.
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.