MRF Awards

The Medical Research Foundation grants these annual awards of merit to exceptional Oregon scientists and mentors. Three awards are offered: The Discovery Award, the Mentor Award and the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Awards.

The next cycle of the MRF Awards will open in early 2022.

The Discovery Award recognizes an Oregon investigator who has made significant, original contributions to health-related research while working in Oregon. This research can be in the basic, clinical or behavioral sciences, or it can be research in health care delivery, health informatics or health outcomes. Past recipients represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from many Oregon research institutions. (See the bottom of this page for information on how to nominate individuals for all MRF awards, including the Discovery Awards.)

The Discovery Award is given to an Oregon scientist who has made significant, original discoveries to health-related research while working in Oregon.

  • Nominations are sought from Oregon research, educational and health care institutions, individual researchers, educators and practitioners.
  • Nominations must include a summary of original achievements of the nominee and a current curriculum vitae. The significance of original contributions to new knowledge and professional excellence will be primary considerations.
  • The MRF Committee will review, evaluate and select the winner of the Discovery Award.
  • Current members of the MRF Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the Discovery Award.

The Mentor Award is presented to an Oregonian who has provided outstanding mentorship and leadership in the support of health research, education or the advancement of health care. (See the bottom of this page for information on how to nominate individuals for all MRF awards, including the Mentor Award.)

The Mentor Award is given to an Oregonian who has provided outstanding mentorship and leadership in the support or development of health research, education or the advancement of health care.

  • Nominations are sought from Oregon research, educational and health care institutions, individual researchers, educators and practitioners.
  • Nominations must include a summary of the leadership and support accomplishments of the nominee and a current curriculum vitae.
  • The MRF Committee will review, evaluate and select the winners of the Mentor Award.
  • Current members of the MRF Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the Mentor Award.

The Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award recognizes a new investigator who shows exceptional promise early in a career in biomedical research. This individual must be within seven years or fewer of completing clinical and/or post-doctoral training and will be judged on the basis of independence, quality of science, national funding and first or senior authored publications in peer-reviewed biomedical research journals. The culmination of the research must have been performed in Oregon. (See the bottom of this page for information on how to nominate individuals for all MRF awards, including the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award.)

Follow these guidelines when submitting a nomination for the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award:

  • Nominations are sought from Oregon research, educational and health care institutions, individual researchers, educators and practitioners.
  • Nominations must include a summary of original achievements of the nominee and a current curriculum vitae.
  • The MRF Committee will review, evaluate and select the winner of the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award.
  • Current members of the MRF Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award.

How do I nominate?

Nominations are submitted through the competitive application portal.
All nominations should include:

  • A nomination letter clearly specifying the award for which the individual is being nominated and addressing how the individual meets the guidelines for that award.
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • No more than five letters of support. Letters of support signed by more than one person are discouraged.
  • All documents should be submitted at one time, as one pdf by the nominator.
  • Competitive nominations will include letters from outside your institution.

Award winners will be selected by the members of the MRF Committee.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the MRF Awards

The awards were presented at a reception on December 10, 2019 in Portland.

Jonathan Lindner head shot

Jonathan R. Lindner, M.D.
Mentor Award
OHSU

Peter Barr-Gillespie

Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Discovery Award
OHSU

Bo Sun, PhD

Bo Sun, Ph.D.
Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award
Oregon State University