11th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors

MWR Sociology SeminarNIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors

Join us for the 11th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors on
Thursday, May 31, 2018, on the NIH Campus.
FREE and Open to the public.

National Institutes of Health
Building 1, Wilson Hall (3rd floor)
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Building 1 is part of the NIH and is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, approximately 5 miles from Washington D.C.

Registration is Open

Early Stage Investigator Paper Competition

Early Stage Investigators (ESI, within 10 years of their terminal degree) are encouraged to submit one article published, or accepted and in-press, between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 that involves original research published in a peer-reviewed journal in which the ESI is first author or another authorial position that reflects scientific leadership and is customary to a specific BSS discipline (brief explanation is required in a discipline-specific circumstance). NIH’s Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors Selection Committee will rank these articles by how well they advance behavioral and social scientific excellence within NIH’s mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The committee will consider how each paper reflects one or more aspects of Dr. White Riley’s vision of research excellence:

  1. Advances the conceptualization of health and wellbeing beyond a lack of illness or sole clinical outcome — for example:- Cognitive, affective and social functioning within a specific environment
    - Optimal wellbeing with chronic condition(s)
    - Protective biopsychosocial factors associated with health and wellbeing in risky environments
  1. Illuminates the complex and dynamic interplay among social, behavioral, and/or neurobiological processes at multiple levels.
  2. Builds theories or methods within the NIH mission to advance health and longevity and to reduce illness and disability.

OBSSR will pay the travel expenses for up to five ESI honorees to present the findings from their accepted paper and participate in a moderated discussion of future research possibilities during the 11th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors.

Important dates:
Submissions deadline: February 16, 2018, 9 a.m. ET.
Paper awardees notified: March 23, 2018

Submissions must include:

  1. PDF of article with abstract (reprint), or citation and link to article in a peer reviewed journal. If article is in press, submit the PDF of the article with acceptance letter from the peer-reviewed journal.
  2. Author’s name, title, affiliation—if it differs from what appears in the submitted article.

Send submissions to william.elwood@nih.gov no later than 9 a.m. Eastern time, February 16, 2018. Only one submission per ESI, please.


Matilda White Riley, Ph.D. (1911-2004) was a celebrated scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences whose transformative work and leadership in the behavioral and social sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is honored annually by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

Each year, NIH honors the research trajectory and continuing influence of Dr. Matilda White Riley in the behavioral and social sciences across and beyond the NIH. Initiated as an annual distinguished scholar lecture, OBSSR expanded the event in 2016 to recognize emerging scientists with a competition for peer-reviewed articles by Early Stage Investigators.