A selection committee will choose a scientist, or a group of scientists, in basic or clinical research, who:
- Has made a significant contribution to research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.
- Exhibits the standards of innovation, insight, and leadership that Dr. Janssen exemplified during his career.
- Provides a living example that the study of science and technology can enable or has the potential to enable extended, healthy, productive life.
- Displays a set of ethical values consistent with the Johnson & Johnson Credo and those values that guide Johnson & Johnson.
The Award can be given to a clinical or basic research scientist in academia, government, industry, private research institution, medical or clinical practice. It will typically recognize an individual scientist but can be shared in circumstances in which the contributions of the nominees are viewed as being of similar importance.