Honoring Innovation & Exceptional Research

The ISSCR Awards Portfolio recognizes outstanding achievements and research potential in the field of stem cell research around the world. This year, more prizes were awarded than ever before, including complimentary registration and travel for the ISSCR annual meeting. The ISSCR awards honor scientists’ innovative work to harness the potential of stem cells, recognize exceptional research, support young researchers and the future of stem cell research and acknowledge extraordinary public service in the field. In order to ensure a diversity of award recipients, the award selection committee will take into account the previous ISSCR award history of nominees. Past recipients of the Innovation Award are not eligible for other science-based ISSCR awards. Nominees must be available to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting if selected as the award recipient.

  Award Winners_nohashtag

Janet Rossant (Achievement Award winner), Valentina Greco (Momentum Award winner), Madeline Lancaster (Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator winner), Stuart Orkin (Tobias Award Lecture winner), and Robin Lovell-Badge (Public Service Award winner)

Submit a Nomination

2022 Award nominations are open now through 24 September for the following awards: ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture, ISSCR Achievement Award, and ISSCR Momentum Award. To submit a nomination or for more information, please contact Glori Rosenson.


  • ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator

    Recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of their independent career in stem cell research. The award recipient will be honored at the ISSCR Annual Meeting and give a featured presentation during a plenary session at the ISSCR Annual Meeting.


  • ISSCR Achievement Award

    The ISSCR Achievement Award recognizes the transformative body of work of an investigator that has had a major impact on the field of stem cell research or regenerative medicine.


  • ISSCR Momentum Award

    The ISSCR Momentum Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator whose innovative research has established a major area of stem cell-related research with a strong trajectory for future success.


  • ISSCR Public Service Award

    Given in recognition of outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.


  • The ISSCR Zhongmei Chen Yong Awards for Scientific Excellence

    The ISSCR Zhongmei Chen Yong Awards for Scientific Excellence recognize scientific excellence and economic need for attendees who submit abstracts for the ISSCR Annual Meetings. Thanks to the generosity of Chen Yong, prominent Chinese businessman and chairman of the Zhongmei Group, Trainee members from around the world are able to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting to present their science at the largest global stem cell event.


  • ISSCR Poster Awards

    Annual meeting prizes given to trainee members with outstanding poster abstracts and presentations.


  • ISSCR Merit Abstract Awards

    These awards recognize superior abstracts with a certificate and recognition on the ISSCR website and at the annual meeting. Late-Breaking abstracts are not eligible. No application necessary, only trainees with active ISSCR membership are eligible.


  • ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture, 2016-2021

    Recognizes original and promising basic hematology research as well as direct translational or clinical research related to cell therapy in hematological disorders.