Awarded annually, the Sabin Gold Medal and Rising Star Award honor individuals and teams who have made extraordinary contributions to immunization and global health. These awards commemorate the legacy of the late Dr. Albert B. Sabin, who discovered the oral polio vaccine and dedicated his life to ensuring everyone in the world had access to vaccines.

Sabin Gold Medal

The Sabin Gold Medal is the highest scientific honor given by the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Awarded each years since 1994, the Sabin Gold Medal is given to a distinguished individual who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field.

Gold Medal Nomination Criteria:

  • Exemplifies the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s mission to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe
  • Improved access to vaccines, has had a major impact in vaccine research and development or has enabled innovation to expand immunization
  • Left an indelible imprint toward the improvement of public health
  • Demonstrates leadership and a commitment to improving the health of all people, everywhere
  • Is a scientist, researcher or public health leader
  • May be an individual or a small team

2022 Nominations Are Closed.

List of previous Sabin Gold Medal awardees

Sabin Rising Star Award

The Sabin Rising Star Award honors an early-career professional who demonstrates a commitment to the field of immunization. First awarded in 2020, the Rising Star Award is an effort to highlight the extraordinary work and global health contributions of people around the world regardless of their age, gender, location, or field of work.

Rising Star Award Nomination Criteria:

  • Exemplifies the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s mission to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe
  • Working to materially improve access to vaccines, impact vaccine research and development or enable innovation to expand immunization
  • Demonstrates leadership and a commitment to improving the health of all people, everywhere
  • Is a scientist, researcher or public health leader

2022 Nominations Are Closed.

List of previous Sabin Rising Star awardees