Lasker Award criteria and nominations

 

The 2020 Lasker Awards will not be given because of the global pandemic.

The Foundation will begin accepting nominations for the 2021 Lasker Awards on November 2, 2020. The deadline for submitting nomination material will be February 1, 2021. Lasker Awards will be offered in three categories in 2021: Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Special Achievement.

Nominations that were submitted for the 2020 Lasker Awards will be held for consideration by the Jury in 2021; nominators do not need to re-submit. 

Questions about submitting a nomination? Read our FAQ.

Criteria for the Lasker Awards

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: For a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.

Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award: For a major advance that improves the lives of many thousands of people.

Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science: For research accomplishments and scientific statesmanship that engender the deepest feelings of awe and respect.

Individuals or organizations must meet at least one of the following selection criteria for the Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award: 1) significantly improving the public’s understanding of medical research, public health, or healthcare; 2) playing a major role in the support of policy, legislative, or other initiatives that accelerate progress in medical science or health; 3) providing critical and generous financial support for initiatives to enhance health or medical research; 4) generating support for medical science or public health; 5) significantly benefitting the lives of many people through public health practice.