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Greenwald Family Award for Firearm Violence and Injury Prevention Research Excellence

The Research Society for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms (RSPFH) and National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) are pleased to announce the first annual Greenwald Family Award for Firearm Violence and Injury Prevention Research Excellence.

This new prize competition, sponsored by the Greenwald Family Foundation, will annually recognize one or two outstanding research papers on firearm violence and injury prevention. The authors of each winning paper will share a $5000 prize. Winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the upcoming National Research Conference for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms, which will be held in Seattle in December 2024. One author of each awarded paper will also receive funding to travel to the conference and present their paper.

Eligibility: Nominated papers must have been published in a peer-reviewed or law review journal after July 1, 2022. Papers from all academic disciplines are eligible. Papers must have a primary focus on U.S. firearm injury, firearm violence or their prevention and be written in English.

Selection Criteria: Nominated papers must:

  1. Significantly advance understanding of the nature, causes or prevention of firearm violence or other firearm harms, and
  2. Have already led to improvements, or be likely to lead to improvements, in policies or programs for reducing firearm-related harms in the U.S.

Nominations: Nominations for the 2024 Greenwald Family Awards may be submitted online. Nominations must be submitted by a person who is not an author on the nominated paper, and no person may nominate more than two papers per award cycle. Papers coauthored by a member of the independent panel of judges are ineligible for this competition.

Submission requirements: Nominations must include:

  1. Nomination letter (up to two pages) explaining the significance of the paper and explicitly addressing the impact or likely impact of the paper on programs or policies designed to reduce firearm violence or harms.
  2. A copy of the research paper (PDF or non-paywalled link) as it appeared in a peer-reviewed or law review journal, along with any supplemental material or errata that were published with it. If preregistrations, data or other project materials have been made public, provide a link to them.
  3. Contact information for yourself and the corresponding author of the nominated paper.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2024.

Selection Process: Greenwald Family Awardees will be selected by an independent panel of judges, supported by a team of experienced researchers. Judges for the 2024 awards cycle are:

Richard Carmona
Seventeenth Surgeon General of the United States and Distinguished Laureate Professor of Public Health at the Zuckerman College of Public Health and Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona.

Guido Imbens
Applied Econometrics Professor and Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, and Department of Economics, Stanford University, and winner of the 2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Janet Napolitano
Founder of the Center for Security in Politics and Professor Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, governor of Arizona, and president of the University of California system.

Peter Reuter
Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, and winner of the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

John Rich

John Rich
Inaugural Director of RUSH BMO Institute for Health Equity, and Professor of Medicine in the Rush Medical College.

Questions: Should you have additional questions, please email