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Early Career Health Paper Award

The Award

The Best Health System Dynamics Paper by an Early Career Researcher Award is given to outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past 5 years) graduates and presenting at the conference. The award is presented by the Health Policy Special Interest Group of the Society and was previously sponsored by the Lupina Foundation of Toronto, Canada.

The Prize

The award will be accompanied by free conference registration and housing from Saturday to Thursday at the Palmer House. The award will be presented to the recipient (or recipients) during the HPSIG meeting on the Sunday afternoon meeting just preceding the conference, and a brief announcement will also be made to all conference attendees at a plenary session.

This award will be given to people at early stages of their careers to encourage them to do further work in health system dynamics.


Health Award Committee

David Lounsbury (Health Thread Co-Chair)

John Ansah (Health Thread Co-Chair)

Gary Hirsch

Nasim Sabounchi


The work considered for this award must be accepted as a paper for presentation at the International System Dynamics Conference. Papers are self-nominated, and to be eligible, the author(s) must either be in graduate school or have completed their educational training no more than five years prior to paper submission.

Authors need not be members of the System Dynamics Society and may, in fact, specialize in other methodologies and use them in their submitted papers. But their work must:

  • Focus on dynamic phenomena in health systems and problems;

  • Demonstrate technical quality and clear presentation

  • Provide original insights derived from a dynamic analysis.

The winner(s) must be present at the HPSIG meeting to receive their prize, and be willing to discuss their winning work at that meeting. In the event that the winning paper represents the equal work of two young researchers, or if there is a tie among papers, the cash prize may be subdivided. 

Nomination Procedure To be considered for the prize you should follow the self-nomination procedure when you submit your paper to the conference, or no later than the conference submission deadline.

Early Career Health Paper award winners