The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Innovation in Workforce Development Award

The annual ACRP Innovation in Workforce Development Award is the first in clinical research to recognize organizations who exemplify the spirit of creativity and innovation through adaptation, improvement, or development of new processes or tools that result in improvement in workforce development quality.

Submissions for the 2021 Innovation in Workforce Development Award will be accepted through July 31, 2021. Finalists will be chosen to present their innovations in a live ACRP Webinar in November. The winning organization will receive complimentary registration* to ACRP 2022 in Orlando, Florida where they will present their innovations in-person to ACRP 2022 attendees and be recognized during the ACRP Awards Ceremony.


*The winning organization will receive a maximum of three complimentary registrations to ACRP 2022

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, is the recipient of ACRP’s 2020 Innovation in Workforce Development Award.

Merck won the 2020 Innovation in Workforce Development Award among a field of finalists that also included Wilmington, NC-based FuseCR and Medical University of South Carolina.

Merck was recognized for its innovative program leveraging volunteer hours that allow Merck staff to educate students about the field of clinical research, as well as its integrated intern-to-hire program.

The video below details the finalists’ unique workforce development initiatives.