Distinguished Researcher Award

Distinguished Researcher Award
2018 Award Recipient
Patricia Yates, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN

To recognize the contributions of a member who has conducted or promoted research that has enhanced the science and practice of oncology nursing. The recipient will present his or her research results at the ONS Annual Congress.


A $2,000 award, a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress

Eligibility Criteria 
The nominee must be an active ONS member who has been nominated by an ONS member. In addition, the nominee must have an earned doctorate in nursing or a related field, and demonstrate the following.
  • Evidence of outstanding and major contributions to the scientific foundation for practice
  • Evidence of a sustained program of substantive research
  • Evidence of a record of publication in oncology
  • Evidence that the scientist's research program has advanced the delivery of quality cancer care by nurses
  • Evidence that the scientist's research program has provided a foundation for research by others
  • Evidence of documented contributions to ONS
  • Evidence of documented contributions to the cancer community-at-large.
Application Materials 
The following materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae
Submit Your Nomination 

Important Notice About the 2019 Awards Nomination Deadline

ONS uses an external, vendor-supported online program for award nomination applications. The nominations will close at exactly 5:00 pm EST on September 30th.

Any open or incomplete applications will not be accepted after this time. There will not be any deadline extensions to be fair to all nominees without prior authorization from the ONS Awards Advisory Panel and the ONS Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please call (412) 859-6403, or email: awards@ons.org.

To Apply Online
1. Please read the "How To" instructions before accessing the online nomination. 
2. Register by creating a username and password on the Closerware Grantmaker site. 
3. Access the online nomination.


Travel Information 

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through American Express Travel, ONS's official travel agency. Additionally, one (1) night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 24-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact awards@ons.org for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.