FNIH Awards Ceremony

2021 FNIH Awards Ceremony

Presenting the:

9th Lurie Prize in Biomedical Science
6th Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award
4th FNIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists

October 20, 2021
The Schuyler in the Hamilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is a not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by accelerating biomedical discoveries that improve the quality of people’s lives. Through our annual Awards Ceremony, we celebrate our continued commitment to discovery and the future of health by recognizing some of the best and brightest leaders of our time.

We invite you to join us for the 9th FNIH Awards Ceremony on October 20, 2021 at The Schuyler in the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year, the FNIH plans to host a VIP reception for event sponsors and celebrate the 2021 awardees via an exclusive live taping to be live streamed for our audiences who are unable join us in person. All in-person components will be conducted in compliance with CDC and local COVID-19 guidance.

The FNIH Awards Ceremony brings together leaders and stakeholders from industry, not-for-profits, foundations, federal agencies, and the philanthropic and scientific communities in Washington, D.C. and nationally, illuminating the importance of public-private collaborations that are at the core of our work. Through this dynamic, multi-faceted event, we will celebrate our 2021 Awardees’ exceptional achievements in biomedical science.



The 2020 Awards Ceremony online celebration, which was conducted in a virtual format through our Awards Website, can be viewed here.


Visit our website for more information, including past awardees, on the the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, the Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award, and the FNIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists.

Xioawei Zhuang
2021 Lurie Prize Awardee
Dr. Xioawei Zhuang, Ph.D., Harvard University Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, 2021 Lurie Prize awardee.


2021 FNIH Awards Ceremony Overview

As the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) marks its 25th anniversary year, it will celebrate science and partnership through its annual awards ceremony. This fall, the FNIH will deliver this event as a dynamic, multi-faceted engagement to recognize the exceptional achievements of the 2021 recipients of the following honors:

  • The Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research;
  • The Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists, honoring outstanding contributions of early career clinician-scientists whose work has the potential to or has led to innovations in patient care; and
  • The Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award, recognizing persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture private-public partnerships in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Through this signature event, the Awards Ceremony also spotlights the FNIH’s important work in support of its shared mission with the NIH. Please consider joining leaders in the greater scientific community in building awareness about biomedical research’s role in improving people’s lives.

2021 FNIH Awards Ceremony Sponsorship Form


2020 Award Winners

Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences
Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award
Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists
Dr. Aviv Regev
Executive Vice President of Genentech Research and Early Development.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Anthony Fauci cROPPED
Michael Wilson, M.D.
Associate Prof. of Neurology in the Division of Neuroimmunology & Glial Biology at the University of California San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences.
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