David Banta Distinguished Career Award

The David Banta Distinguished Career Award is the most prestigious Award of the Society. It recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding and lasting contributions over their careers (over 25 years)  in advancing the development and use of HTA internationally (in over 5 countries).  The recipients have demonstrated a significant dedication to and impact on the field of HTA at the international level, including outstanding contributions to the science and methodology of HTA and leadership in the advancement of the production and use of HTA to support evidence-informed decisions making in health systems. These individuals have also been extensively involved in the work of HTAi.  Because of its significance, this Award is not given every year.  Only one Award will be given in any year.

The David Banta Distinguished Career Award was established in 2012 and initially named the Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Distinguished Career Award with its inaugural winner Mr. David Banta. It became known subsequently as the David Banta Distinguished Career Award in his honour. David Banta has had a great impact on the establishment and development of the field of health technology assessment (HTA). Under David Banta’s leadership from 1975 to 1982, the Health Program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) played a leading role in establishing the field and methods of HTA, and its work was highly influential in the early development of HTA in European countries. David Banta has been extensively involved in the development of HTA in Europe and around the world since the late 1970s. From 1983 to 1985 he was the Deputy Director of the Pan-American Health Organization, working throughout Latin America to develop HTA. In the 1990s he led the pioneering EUR-ASSESS project, a European Commission-funded project to develop coordination of HTA activities in Europe, and its successor, HTA-Europe. These projects were instrumental in establishing a formal basis for HTA collaboration in Europe and a spirit of cooperation that has endured into the present. David Banta was one of the founders of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care, HTAi’s predecessor Society. He edited the Society’s newsletter for more than 10 years, participated in establishing HTAi, and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care since its founding in 1999.

How to Nominate:

Nominations are accepted from November 1 to December 15 each year.

Any HTAi member in good standing can nominate an individual for the Award.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominees must be living at the time of nomination.

Nominations must be submitted in a form of a 1000-word form written in English and supported by two or more HTAi members in good standing.

If you would like to nominate someone for the David Banta Award, please fill out the linked form here.

Additional Information:

David Banta Award Policy and Procedure

To submit your nomination, please email [email protected]