Skip Navigation

NIH Employee Award Categories

HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service

This is an honor award granted by the Department and is conferred by the Secretary for service that significantly advanced the Department's mission and goals. It represents a display(s) of leadership, skill, ability, and customer service performed in such a manner that the team and/or the employee performed significantly above those with similar duties, and that the results of these efforts were distinctly beneficial to the Department. This award is an appropriately inscribed plaque.

Back to top

NIH Commissioned Officer Awards

Commissioned Officer Awards Nomination Deadline: May 8th and August 29th.

Back to top

NIH Director's Award

2015 NIH Director's Awards Ceremony Brochure .pdf icon

The purpose of the NIH Director's Award is to recognize employees who exhibited superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond their regular duty requirements, but directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission.

Back to top

NIH Employee Recognition Award

NIH employee recognition awards include, Special Act, On-the-Spot, Performance, Time Off, QSI, Referral, Suggestion & Invention.

Back to top

NIH Employee Referral Award Program

HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service Nomination Deadline: Usually January 5th each year, or the first regular workday following January 5th, if the 5th is a weekend or holiday

Back to top

IC Merit/Director’s Awards

IC Merit/Director's Awards are awarded by IC Directors and NIH Deputy and Associate Directors to recognize individuals or groups whose superior service and achievement warrant special appreciation.

Back to top

Non-HHS Awards

Various organizations outside the Department sponsor awards for which HHS employees may be nominated. The eligibility and criteria requirements for each type of award are described in the OPM's Annual Honor Awards Planning Guide External Web Site Disclaimer.

Back to top

OPM Presidential Rank Awards

Back to top

This page was last reviewed on