News Release

Monday, December 23, 2013

President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career NIH Scientists

President Obama has chosen 20 NIH scientists for this year’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

“This presidential award is extremely prestigious and recognizes the achievements of scientists early in their career,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “These scientists have demonstrated the value of their current work along with the promise of future discoveries to improve the health of our nation. We are very excited about the new PECASE recipients.”

Since the program began in 1996, NIH has funded 233 PECASE recipients. The NIH awardees will take their places along with 102 other highly accomplished scientists from a number of federal agencies. Of the 20 NIH honorees, 17 are new investigators working at institutions around the 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 sometime in 2014.

The White House announcement is available at:

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