The ICMR awards recognize the contributions of Indian biomedical scientists undertaking pioneering work in various fields of health sciences and finding solutions for the health problems of the country. 46 researchers, including 14 women scientists, were awarded a total of 39 prizes in 2017 and 2018. The award winners are from ICMR, CSIR, AIIMS, PGI, Chandigarh, SGPGI, Lucknow, IIT, JIPMER, Puducherry, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, State and Central Universities and other prestigious institutions across the world. Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated the award winners on their commitment to health research that will include innovative ways and means to address different health problems. He said it was the hour’s need to promote creativity and develop new technologies as well as conduct research to minimize out of pocket expenditure and further reduce the burden of disease. He also praised the initiatives of ICMR to tackle new and re-emerging pathogens in the country such as ZIKA and NIPAH. Health Research Secretary and Director-General of ICMR, Prof. Balram Bhargava said that for over a century now, ICMR’s initiatives have been to encourage scientific research and provide scientists with the required forum and resources to find solutions to the most challenging health challenges. It’s inspiring to see today’s talent pool in our community. This gives us great hope for the future. It will be our continuing effort to create an inspiring atmosphere for scientists of the next generation to enable them to realize their potential and serve the country.