CAHME/George and Regi Herzlinger Innovation Education Award for the Development of Educational Skills Focusing on Invention, Evaluation, and Adoption of Innovation in Healthcare

“Innovation is not only about invention; it’s about how to make invention happen.” 
Prof. Regi Herzlinger

This national award recognizes George and Regi Herzlinger’s breakthrough contributions in creating and inspiring medical innovations that changed patients’ lives and helped entrepreneurs globally. It recognizes the significant impact that CAHME Accredited programs can have in providing the foundation in the principles of innovation for future leaders to be the change needed in healthcare.

2025 CAHME Awards open in August 2024.


  • CAHME Accredited or Certified Program
  • Nominations must be made by the students Program Director, or a faculty member on behalf of the University Program Director
  • Your curriculum integrates concepts of innovation. 

What You Need to Apply

  • Program Director Contact Information
  • University Information
  • Initial CAHME Accreditation or Certification Year

Nomination Essay

We recommend typing your essay responses in a saved document outside of the online application in case of technical difficulties. You may copy and paste from your personal document to the online application when you are ready.

1. In no more than 250 words (limit to 1,250 characters) provide a short overview of your Program, including how it meets the mission of CAHME.

2. In no more than 250 words (limit to 1,250 characters) describe how innovation is defined in your program. Include how your program documents, communicates, uses best practices in innovation, teaching, scholarship, and service.

2. In no more than 500 words (limit to 2,500 characters), describe how your program enables your students to lead innovation, using: 

    • Required and elective courses.
    • Interdisciplinary learning 
    • Alumni sharing their knowledge and practical experiences with current students.
    • Experiential opportunities like internships, fellowships, or residencies.

3. In no more than 150 words (limit to 600 character) explain how your program is committed to supporting opportunities for life-long learning on innovation. 

4. In no more than 150 words (limit to 600 character) explain how your program will utilize the grant to further support innovation initiatives.

Letters of Recommendation

Please note that you must have a google mail email to upload attachments to the application form.

  • Alumni Letter(s)(at least 1, no more than 3): Discuss the role of the program’s education in their professional development around innovation on the letterhead or from the email address of their organization.  
  • Student Letter(s)(at least 1, no more than 3):Discuss how your program’s education curriculum has helped them to think differently about the importance and incorporation of innovation.

If you receive the award, you agree to:

  • Please note that you must have a google mail email to upload attachments to the application form.

  • Have one representative present at ACHE Congress in Chicago for the CAHME Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 24, 2024

  • Make a short video about your success, to be presented at the Award Ceremony and featured on the CAHME website.
  • Participate in future white paper research efforts around innovation education in healthcare management in partnership with Dr. Regi Herzlinger from Harvard Business School.

Award Includes

  • $10,000.00 grant awarded to the Program
  • One complimentary ticket to the CAHME Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2024, at ACHE Congress
  • Distinctive Award Presented at the CAHME Awards Ceremony
  • Recognition in Modern Healthcare and on CAHME’s website and social media

2024 Award Recipient

Congratulations to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, MSHA Program!

For More Information:

Dana Alexander, MHA
Communications and Engagement Manager
301-298-1820 ext. 6