SCOPE’s 2025 Participant Engagement Award

Deadline for Submissions is September 12, 2024


Participant Engagement Award


Now in its 9th year, the Participant Engagement Award (PEA) recognizes innovation and change in how the industry communicates with participants in the fields of recruitment and retention in clinical trials.  PEA embodies the values and personal accomplishments of Jerry Matczak, who sadly passed away soon after receiving the inaugural 2017 award. We dedicate this award to Jerry in the hopes that it will serve as a reminder of his ideals and accomplishments. SCOPE’s 2025 Participant Engagement Award program is brought to you by Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)’s SCOPE.



We welcome submissions from all facets of the industry, including, but not limited to Sites, CRO’s, e-Patient Advisors, Agencies, Start-Ups, and Sponsors and invite you to submit your best work in the Patient Recruitment and Retention communications field.

  • Each submission will be reviewed and rated for the ability to improve access, awareness, and participation in clinical trials, creativity, innovation, regulatory and legal compliance, and the ability to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. Awards will be given for 1st through 3rd place with special recognition for all presenters.
  • Finalists will be invited to submit a 3-minute video showcasing their work which will be promoted prior to SCOPE.
  • Discussion and judging will occur LIVE in-person at SCOPE during the opening plenary session taking place February 3-6, 2025 in Orlando, Florida. This exciting competition will bring awareness to you and your company for excellent and engaging work.


Your submission must truly be designed to engage potential, current, or alumni study participants and/or their influencers and show marked improvements in the status quo. Helpful questions to address in your submission:

  • How did you engage clinical trial participation in a novel and innovative way?
  • How did this benefit the clinical trial ecosystem?
  • How did you measure the success of your efforts?
  • How did you improve diversity, equity, and inclusion?
    Judges are looking for innovation, creativity, and messaging while meeting industry standards and compliance rules.

    Deadline for Submissions is September 12, 2024



    Team Name

    • Does your team reflect more than one company or a partnership? Please list it here.


    • Please list your company name

    Telephone Number

    • Please list a good contact number


    • Please list a good contact email

    Proposal Title

    • Give your submission a descriptive title

    Describe your idea: 3-5 Sentence Summary

    • This is your “elevator pitch”- an opportunity to briefly describe your idea to the judges

    Why your proposal should be considered?

    • Describe the communication challenge addressed and its importance
    • Highlight success stories - Be a storyteller
    • List relevant technologies/products used on the project
    • Don’t forget to integrate both technology (product) features and project results

    What impact does your idea have on the target?

    • How is your unique communication intended to affect the study participant?
    • Explain broader impact on the community/ industry

    What results do you have/expect?

    • Clearly identify key results/benefits and if possible quantify the ROI associated with the project (e.g. man-hours or $ saved; new capabilities)

    Short Bio:

    • Bio may be used in print material if proposal is accepted
    • Please keep this to 200 words or less
    • If multiple people are collaborating on a team, you may submit a team summary in lieu of a bio

    Please provide a link to a sample of your work

    • You may upload any type of document with your submission that shows an example of your work and supports your submission
    • Results that can be quantified (charts, graphs) are an excellent addition to your submission

    Must be in attendance to win.

    All entrants receive a 20% discount off registration. Enter PEA25 discount code in the online registration form for this discount.
    Note: We are currently seeking potential scholarships and support for patients and patient advocates.
    Note: This discount is non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount for this event.

    Upon Submission of this nomination, you grant CHI the use of any photos, video, or audio to be used for promotional purposes. A minimal number of entries will be required for a winner to be named, please follow #SCOPEsummit #BeLikeJerry for updates. Entries received after the deadline will not be guaranteed for consideration.


    David SallDavid Sall, President & CEO, Patient Enrollment Advisors; Co-Creator of the SCOPE Participant Engagement Award

    Kelly McKeeKelly McKee, Head of Innovative Patient Recruitment, Evinova; Co-Creator of the SCOPE Participant Engagement Award

    Micah LiebermanMicah Lieberman, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)




    2025 JUDGES

    Tricia BuchheitTricia Buchheit, Associate Director, Patient Recruitment, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

    Brian Burkhardt, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Oliver Patch Project, Inc.

    Michelle Everill, CEO, Action from Data

    Gretchen GollerGretchen Goller, Senior Director, Head of Patient Recruitment, Clinical Development Operations, Seagen

    Jen Horonjeff, PhD, Founder & CEO, Savvy Cooperative

    Stacy Hurt, Patient Advocacy Ambassador, Patient Engagement, Parexel International

    Otis JohnsonOtis Johnson, PhD, MPA, Principal Consultant, Trial Equity

    Kim Ribeiro, Head, Diversity and Patient Inclusion, AbbVie

    2024 Finalists

    2024 Participant Engagement Award Finalists Announced
    2024 Participant Engagement Awards Finalists Named - Clinical Research News, published on December 12, 2023

    Congratulations to our 2024 Finalists:

    • PatientWing -- The Limitations Faced by Rare Disease Patients: Expanding Clinical Trial Access for EoE Patients
    • Acclinate -- Enhancing Equitable Clinical Trial Participation
    • IMA Clinical Research -- Innovative Patient Engagement: Leveraging Mobile Research Units to Bridge Gaps in Clinical Outreach
    • CISCRP -- Journey to Better Health Mobile Exhibit
    • Oliver Patch Project -- Patches of Positivity: A New Approach to Pediatric Clinical Trials Retention
    • SGM Alliance -- Improving Diversity of Sexual and Gender Minority Patients


    2024 PEA Winners

    PEA 1
    PEA 2
    PEA 3

    PEA 4
    PEA 5
    PEA 6

    2023 Finalists

    2023 Participant Engagement Award Winner

    2023 Participant Engagement Award Finalists Announced
    2023 Participant Engagement Awards Finalists Named - Clinical Research News, published on December 8, 2022

    Congratulations to our 2023 Finalists:

    • 1nHealth:  Have The Colon Conversation: An omni-channel digital outreach campaign to challenge older adults to get their first screening colonoscopy 
    • Cedar Health Research: Diversity Enrollment Through Tech-Enabled Community Healthcare Partnerships
    • ClinOne: Connecting HCPs (and Their Patients) to a Phase 3 Trial for Frontotemporal Dementia 
    • ProofPilot: A Co-Pilot for Patients
    • StudyKIK: Leveraging Mobile Technology to Improve Engagement and Support Patients in Oncology Trials


    PEA 1
    PEA 2
    PEA 3

    Award 1
    Award 2
    Award 23

    2022 Finalists

    Congratulations to our 2022 Finalists:

    • Merck -- Back to Virtual Reality: Getting Real about Patient Engagement! [2022 Winner!]
    • inVibe Labs -- TrialPulse: Integrating the Patient Voice to Optimize and Validate Throughout the Drug Development Process
    • Guardant Health -- Guardant GAP Program: Closing the GAP for Oncology Patients
    • Infiuss Health -- Connecting Africans to Global Clincal Trials
    • Tryl -- Tryl's Empathetic Patient Engagement System

    2022 Participant Engagement Award Finalists Announced:

    Merck Employs Virtual Reality To Combat Burden Of Long Study Visits:

    Merck Using Virtual Reality To Make Pediatric Study Visits More Pleasant:


    2021 Finalists

    Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists:

    • Medidata - Patient Centricity by Design [2021 WINNER]
    • Datacubed - Vaccine Trials: Prevent Low Data Quality and High Patient Dropout
    • Havas Lynx Faze - Suffering Behind the Selfies
    • CISCRP, Praxis, RTM360, MediaPlanet, and USA Today - Appreciating Medical Heroes for their Gift of Participation through Mass Media Channels
    • Signant Health - #NoGoingBack: A Pledge to Continue Advancing Clinical Trials Globally

    2021 Participant Engagement Award Finalists Announced

    Medidata Named Winner of 2021 Participant Engagement Award

    Award-Winning Participant Engagement Strategies

    2020 Finalists

    Congratulations to our 2020 Finalists:

    • TrialScout - #FindtheFive: Can active and past clinical trial participants solve the issues that the industry has struggled with for the past 10+ years? [2020 WINNER]
    • H.E.A.L. - Sickle Cell Disease: A Community Education Conversation
    • Javara - The Clinical Trial Navigator: Breaking Down Barriers & Increasing Access for All
    • GRYT Health - The Global Virtual Cancer Conference
    • Michael J. Fox Foundation - Parkinson’s Clinical Trial Companion
    • Astellas and Bridgeable - Reimagining the Pediatric Assent Process

    2019 Finalists

    Congratulations to our 2019 Finalists:

    • Journey to Better Health from CISCRP - The Journey to Better Health Campaign [2019 WINNER]
    • BMS Study Connect - Industry-leading patient engagement platform
    • Langland, Insync and Janssen - Beyond Awareness: Uncovering the truth behind study population bias and inspiring action 
    • Biogen, H.E.A.L and IQVIA - Starting at the Grassroots to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trial Populations
    • DigiHUMAN Clinical from Data Cubed - Science Meets Gaming for Patient-Centric Clinical Engagement 

    2018 Finalists

    Congratulations to our 2018 Finalists:


    • Clara Health - Breakthrough Crew: Demystifying Clinical Trials Alongside Patient Advocates [2018 WINNER]
    • Greenphire - Hope for Houston
    • GRYT Health Inc - Empowering patients to connect with peers and new treatment options
    • Brite Health - Improving patient experience, compliance, and retention using data-driven technology
    • mProve Health with Pfizer - Patient Engagement Hub



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