This week I had the pleasure of meeting the newest recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. These awards, also known as PECASE, are the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. NIH is proud to support 20 PECASE recipients this year, 18 of whom are new investigators working at universities and research institutions across the nation, and supported through the NIH extramural program, and two who are tenure-track investigators in the NIH intramural program. Not only do these awardees contribute to advancing health through innovative research, but they also contribute beyond the bench, through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
On Wednesday, NIH welcomed its award recipients to Bethesda to meet with NIH staff and leadership. Later that day, I had the privilege and opportunity to present the awards to the PECASE recipients at a federal-wide ceremony at the US Department of Agriculture. And – likely the highlight of their trip – the awardees were honored by President Obama at a White House ceremony on Thursday.
The full list of PECASE awardees can be found on the White House website, and you can read more about the NIH-supported awardees and their research on the NIH PECASE page. I – and the NIH leadership – once again commend these outstanding individuals for their contributions to our understanding of science and health, and embodying the spirit of American innovation through research and outreach.