2021 HESI Innovation Prize Thematic Focus:
Health Equity

Congratulations to the 2021 HESI Innovation Prize Awardee, Dr. Kenneth Olden!


Areas of Focus

The HESI Innovation Prize recognizes exceptional scientists who share HESI’s commitment to synthesizing ideas, resources, and collaborators across scientific disciplines and sectors – and who have demonstrated particular creativity and impact in doing so. Awardees will have applied this approach to catalyze health equity progress in relation to one or more of the following areas that are central to HESI’s core operations:

  • Safe and effective medicines
  • Food safety and security
  • Chemical and consumer product safety
  • Environmental quality and sustainability

Why this Prize?

For more than 30 years, HESI has built and led multi-sector programs that bridge science into application to improve human and environmental health. Our programs have improved global capabilities to protect the health of patients, the public, and the environment. However, we know we are not alone in our mission to create a safer, more sustainable world through innovative collaborations.

The HESI Innovation Prize will recognize an individual who shares HESI’s mission-driven commitment to health with a specific focus on improving health equity and reducing health disparities. Click here to read HESI’s Executive Director, Dr. Syril Pettit’s, recent editorial in Toxicological Sciences regarding opportunities to bridge disciplines to help reduce health disparities.

The HESI Innovation Prize is an unrestricted cash prize of $80,000 USD to be awarded to a single individual (or multiple nominees if applying together) who has helped to reduce disproportionate health burdens in underserved populations and/or to promote greater health equity in relation to the areas of focus listed above.

This award is no longer being offered

The 2021 application open period closed on June 30, 2021. For questions, please email hesiprize@hesiglobal.org.

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