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ARVO Advocacy Awards

The ARVO Board of Trustees and the Advocacy and Outreach Committee encourage all ARVO members to nominate deserving colleagues for the following awards honoring the crucial work of advocates in our field:

Eligible candidates are ARVO members — both established and Members-in-Training — with a documented history of advocating for eye and vision research at local, state/province and national levels, relative to their tenure in the field. Nomination period open now through Sept 1.

Guidelines for Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award:
  • Nominees must be an ARVO member of at least five years
  • May be a resident or citizen of any country
  • May have experience advocating at any level of government
  • Current members of the Advocacy and Outreach Committee are not eligible
Guidelines for Emerging Advocate Award:
  • Nominees must be an ARVO Member-in-Training of at least two years
  • May be a resident or citizen of any country
  • May have experience advocating at any level of government
  • Current members of the Adcocacy and Outreach Committee are not eligible
Nomination process    

Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 1. There are no geographical restrictions for nominees or nominators. ARVO members may self-nominate and/or nominate other members. Nominations must include:

  • Endorsements – Nominations must include two endorsements — one from a primary nominator (even if self-nominating) and one from a secondary supporting nominator. The endorsements should speak to the candidate's commitment to advocating on behalf of eye and vsion research funding and/or policy. Advocacy and Outreach Committee members are not eligible to write endorsements. 
  • Evidence of advocacy – This may include pictures, summaries, Advocacy Day or Hill Day materials, etc. 
  • Personal statement  A brief statement from the nominee that explains why they dedicate time to advocacy.
Review & Selection process

Nominations for both awards are reviewed by Advocacy and Outreach Committee members. Nominees will be scored on the following criteria: 

  • Longevity of commitment to advocacy relative to their career’s tenure 
  • Leadership within advocacy communities relative to their career’s tenure 
  • Success in advocacy relative to their career’s tenure and cause undertaken
  • Dedication to continuing to advocate relative to their career's tenure
  • Strength of endorsements

Awardees will be notified in December 2020. Each honoree will receive a complimentary registration for the 2021 ARVO Annual Meeting where they will be recognized with a plaque commemorating this achievement.