Each year, ISOQOL presents awards to several of its members to honor exceptional work done in the field of health-related quality of life research. Below you’ll find a description of each the awards and, when applicable, information on how to submit a nomination. If you have a question about any of these awards, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The President’s Award is awarded to an individual who has advanced HRQOL research and has made outstanding contributions to the Society in one or more of the following areas: education of professionals, patients or lay individuals about HRQOL’s value; promotion or execution of HRQOL or other scholarly activities; and facilitating or furthering policy initiatives that have an impact on HRQOL. The awardee is selected by the Executive Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors. The recipient of the award receives a plaque, a $1000 honorarium, and partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the ISOQOL Annual Conference.
Nominations for the President’s Award are due in May each year. Successful nomination packets will include a letter from the nominator specifying the nominee's contributions, a 5 page bio sketch of the nominee, and an external support letter.
The Emerging Leader Award was established in 2011 to honor and commemorate past-President Donna Lamping's contribution to the leadership of the Society. It will be awarded to an ISOQOL member who has shown exceptional leadership skills and potential in an ISOQOL activity by playing a key role in initiating and/or steering a specific task or project to successful completion. Such activities may be linked with the ISOQOL Board, an ISOQOL special interest group (SIG), committee or working group, or a specific project undertaken under ISOQOL’s auspices.
The award nominee must be a current member of ISOQOL and have been active on an ISOQOL committee, SIG or working group for at least 2 years, having shown exceptional leadership skills and potential (as outlined above). Individuals must be within 10 years of completing a PhD (or equivalent), MD, or Masters Degree. Current and past ISOQOL board members are ineligible.
Nominations for the Emerging Leader award are due in May each year. Nominees may self-nominate or accept nomination by a sponsor. Successful nomination packets will include:
The Outstanding Article of the Year Award recognizes the single best article dedicated to HRQOL research published in Quality of Life Research and in the Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes during the previous calendar year. This award recognizes the author(s) for significant intellectual contributions that promise to advance the state of the art in HRQOL research methods or theory.
All articles published in Quality of Life Research and the Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes are considered for this award.
Each year, ISOQOL recognizes the best overall oral and poster presentations at the Annual Conference made by full time students and investigators in the early stages of their career in HRQOL research.
Before the conference, finalists are chosen based on review scores in four categories: student oral presentation, student poster, new investigator oral presentation, and new investigator poster. Each of the finalists is judged during the conference and one winner is selected for each category. Each winner receives a cash prize.
At the time of submission, authors will have the opportunity to select if they qualify for either of these awards. At the time of submission student applicants must be enrolled in a full-time program, and new investigator applicants must be within 5 years of the end of their position as full time student or postdoctoral fellow.
The Outstanding Poster Awards are given to those Poster submissions for the Annual Conference that received the highest evaluations during the review process. All submitted posters are automatically considered for this award. The winners are recognized in the final program and with a ribbon posted on their poster board.
Patient Research Partner (PRP) Travel Scholarship
In order to contribute to the advancement of patient engagement in outcomes research, ISOQOL has funding for selected PRPs with relevant experience to attend the ISOQOL Annual Conference. The primary objectives for this participation are to:
PRPs will be selected based upon their experience as active partners in research programs (particularly those relevant to the ISOQOL community), and their potential to contribute to programs during this conference and in the future. In this context, we are defining PRPs as patients who have actively contributed to the design, development, delivery and/or evaluation of research projects and not solely as patients who have participated as research participants.
Developing Country and Student/New Investigator Travel Scholarships
The ISOQOL Developing Country & Student and New Investigator Travel Scholarship Program was developed to increase the opportunity for members in the early stages of their careers, and for members from developing countries, to attend and present at the annual conference by providing funds to help defray the expenses associated with travel to the annual conference. Members who meet eligibility requirements can apply for both scholarships.
Nominations for the PRP Travel Scholarship are due late in the Spring each year. Successful nomination packets include a letter of reference from a current ISOQOL member who will be attending the annual conference to participate in the Patient Engagement activities mentioned above.
Eligible applicants for the Developing Country Scholarship must be current ISOQOL members and hold their primary residence in one of the eligible developing countries. List of Eligible Countries
Eligible applicants for the Student and New Investigator Scholarship must be current ISOQOL members and either a current student or new investigator (within 5 years of completing terminal degree or medical residency).
Scholarship funds will be provided as reimbursement following the conference. Advance funds will not be available.