Lasker Award criteria and nominations


The Foundation is no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 Lasker Awards. Winners of the 2021 Awards will be announced in September.

The Foundation will begin accepting nominations for the 2022 Lasker Awards on November 1, 2021. Lasker Awards will be offered in three categories in 2022: Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Public Service.

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.

The Lasker Foundation seeks nominations of outstanding candidates; nominations of women and minorities are encouraged.