Distinguished Service Award

Established in 1994, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to a CRS member who has exhibited exceptional commitment and service to the Society and is selected by the Board of Directors. The award is not automatically given each year, only in the years when there is an exceptional member who fits the criteria.


The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award will be a member who has provided sustained, effective, and outstanding service and leadership to CRS. More specific criteria which will be considered are sustained effective service and leadership:

  • to the development of high impact, sustainable initiatives which serve the membership and CRS,
  • to the modernization of governance and structure of CRS to promote its vision, mission and to ensure its long-term viability and vitality,
  • to the globalization of CRS to enhance membership and reach throughout the world,
  • to the Board and Committees of CRS,
  • to the development and delivery of CRS publications and e-learning materials,
  • to the understanding of delivery science and technology and the CRS among politicians, government departments, regulatory agencies, and granting agencies,
  • to any other activity which promotes delivery science and technology and the CRS,

It is not expected that the recipient will have made contributions in all these areas. It could be that the contribution is in one area only. Importantly, the Board will take into account the effectiveness of the service, and be strongly influenced by how sustained the service and leadership have been. 


All CRS award nominations are submitted through the same form for consideration. Please note, that self-nominations are greatly encouraged. The following areas will be reviewed for eligibility by the CRS Board of Directors:

  • Contributions to Drug Delivery Science (50%)
  • Contributions to the Controlled Release Society (30%)
  • Contributions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (20%)
  • A CV for the nominee is required 

Nomination period: January 15, 2024 – March 15, 2024 11:59 pm ET.

Nominate Here

Selection Process

The CRS Board of Directors will make the selection of the awardee.


  • Plaque award and recognition at the Annual Meeting
  • Honorarium in the amount of $5,000 USD to be awarded at the Annual Meeting
  • Awardee will receive complimentary Annual Meeting registration
  • Comments during the Annual Meeting

Past Recipients