News Release

Monday, July 23, 2012

NIH recognizes 20 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

President Barack Obama has named this year's recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

"This Presidential Award recognizes the achievements of scientists early in their career who show exceptional potential for leadership in science and technology. Many are currently funded by the National Institutes of Health,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “These individuals have only recently started research in their fields, and they have the potential for long and productive careers working on discoveries to improve the health of our nation.”

Since the program began in 1996, NIH has funded a total of 213 PECASE recipients. The NIH awardees will take their place along with 96 other highly accomplished scientists from a number of federal agencies. Of the 20 NIH honorees, 17 are new investigators working at institutions around our nation. The others have positions in the NIH Intramural Programs.

A complete list of NIH-supported PECASE recipients and program information is available at Awardees will be honored by the President at a White House ceremony later this month.

The White House announcement is available at:

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