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An Award for All of Us.

$1,000,000 for Medicine's Next Breakthrough.

Sanford Health believes in making changes that make a difference. The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor someone pioneering that change with the next big breakthrough, innovation or treatment to transform global health. It starts with a $1 million prize, and it continues with a life-changing impact for us all.

Change that Matters Today.

While other research awards honor retroactive discoveries or budding theories, the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award uses a sophisticated selection process to find and honor an individual with the potential to change the face of medicine today. By recognizing an innovation now, we can further propel research and discovery to ensure a transformative impact will be felt as soon as possible.

Selection Process

Turning Science into Solutions.

Research means nothing if it doesn’t do something. The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor a breakthrough, innovation or cure that has a direct effect on global health. It’s not about theories or philosophies – it’s about finding discoveries that do something. Our international board and scientific advisory board will lead the way in recognizing these action-oriented innovations.

Meet the International Board  |  Meet the Scientific Advisory Board

About the Award.


We need
you to win.

For more than a century, Sanford Health has made a difference by making visionary change. Today, we start one more.

The Sanford Lorraine Cross Award will honor a researcher or innovator pioneering the next breakthrough medical innovation. For the winner, it means a $1 million prize. For the world, it means a medical cure, treatment or invention that will impact lives today.