Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award | American Diabetes Association


Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

Award Profile:

To recognize outstanding scientific achievement in diabetes research, taking into consideration independence of thought, originality, significance of discovery, and impact on his/her area of research.  

Criteria for Selection: (Candidates can be peer or self-nominated.)

  • Nominee will have demonstrated significant, independent contribution in their selected area of diabetes research, including diabetes pathogenesis, treatment and/or prevention.
  • Nominee must be productively engaged in leading edge diabetes research at the time the award is given. 
  • Nominee must be less than 50 years of age on January 1 of the award year.
  • Nominee must have MD, PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent.
  • Both U.S. and non-U.S. residents are eligible for award.
  • Contributions and volunteer service to both national and international diabetes organizations and the broader diabetes community may also be taken into consideration.   

Lecture/Publication of Lecture:

  • Recipient will deliver the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture at the 84th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL; June 21-24, 2024. (Must be presented in person)
  • Recipient will be offered the opportunity to publish lecture in an American Diabetes Association scientific journal.


  • The recipient receives a $10,000 honorarium.
  • Award includes two round-trip coach airfares and hotel accommodations for the duration of the meeting.
  • Includes complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions.

2024 Nomination/Submission Process:

  • Nominations must be submitted using the electronic nomination form.  All submissions must be received on or before 8pm ET, September 15, 2023. 
  • Nominations are accepted from any professional member of the American Diabetes Association.

All OSAA nominations must have the following documents uploaded as one .pdf file:

  • Letter of nomination/support, wehether peer or self-nominated must be no more than 400 words, signed by no more than 3 individuals.  Letter of nomination/support should address criteria for selection.
  • Nominee’s biography.
  • Nominee’s CV with career and publication highlights.
  • Annotated list of the nominees’ 5 most significant publications.

Nomination Submissions:

2024 nominations must be submitted using the online submission form.

Questions?  Contact Gedeon Topacio, Program Manager, Research & Scientific Programs, by email at gtopacio@diabetes.org


The recipient is chosen by the National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Awards Committee and approved by the Executive Committee of the American Diabetes Association, February 2024.