Letter From the Vice President – March 2014

The nomination process has begun for the UO Research Excellence Awards. The awards are hosted and sponsored annually by our office. This year, the format will include six awards presented at an awards ceremony this spring. The award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Career Award (to be awarded to two tenured faculty of associate or full professor rank)
  • Early Career Award (one for a tenure track faculty member at the assistant professor rank)
  • Outstanding Accomplishment Award
    • One for a career NTTF engaged in independent research activities
    • One for a career NTTF engaged in technical activities in support of research, (e.g. core facilities or statistical analysis)
  • Innovation and Impact Award (one award for an individual or team for outstanding entrepreneurial activity)

The awards and related event are intended to raise the visibility of research activities taking place at the UO. The primary audience is internal and expected to bring a much-anticipated annual forum for celebrating the significant impact and reach of UO researchers. Awardees receive commendation from our office, $1,000 (or $2,500 for a team) in research support, a recognition memento, and formal highlighting of their work and that of their fellow awardees. The Outstanding Career Award winners also will give the annual Presidential Research Lecture on campus in the year following the award to share their outstanding work with campus colleagues and the general public.

Selection Process:
This call is open to the UO campus for nominations and self-nominations for the six research excellence awards. Nomination letters can be no more than two pages in length and must detail the research impact on the field and the significance of the individual’s research. Important publications, innovative research findings, technical innovations and/or seminal studies should be highlighted. Where applicable, attention should be given to describing how the research portfolio has a broad impact on the discipline and beyond, and not the specific area of research focus.
Our office has assembled a distinguished panel of UO researchers from across campus in the Research Advisory Board. Board members will review the nominations and make recommendations regarding selection to our office. Board members may gather additional information about nominees in order to make their recommendation. After consultation with board members and other university colleagues as needed, our office will make the final selection.
Nominations or self-nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, April 9, 2014, for full consideration. Nominations should be addressed to our office: Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education,1266 University of Oregon, 203 Johnson Hall, Eugene, OR 97403-1266. Electronic submissions should be sent to ncrow@uoregon.edu with the subject line: UO Research Excellence Awards Nomination.
Minimum requirements for recipients in each of the categories are as follows:

Outstanding Career: Tenured faculty member at the associate or full professor rank (must be an active, fulltime UO employee), employed by the UO for at least 10 years, track record of distinguished scholarship and external recognition and support of such efforts, and national/international prominence in his/her field of research.
Early Career: Tenure-track assistant professor faculty, appointed for at least three consecutive terms at the UO prior to nomination, a track record of significant scholarship and emergent recognition and support of such efforts, and a productive and impactful scholarly record.
Outstanding Accomplishment NTTF Researcher: Career, fulltime non-tenure track faculty appointment, (research associate, senior research associate, research assistant professor, research associate professor or research full professor employed by the UO for at least three years prior to nomination), must have served as a PI on extramurally awarded projects submitted through the UO, have a track-record of independence and external support for research activities and have a substantial and impactful scholarly record.
Outstanding Accomplishment NTTF Technical Research Support: Career, fulltime non-tenure track faculty appointment (senior research assistant, research associate, senior research associate employed by the UO for at least three years prior to nomination), must have documented record of providing exceptional and innovative technical support to UO researchers. Publications and/or presentations to relevant nationally recognized professional societies should be noted in the nomination.
Innovation and Impact Award (IIA): Recognizes outstanding University of Oregon innovators for contributions that improved the lives of people. The IIA recognizes contributions by faculty and staff from all academic disciplines. The award is given to an outstanding individual or team that distinguished themselves and the University through entrepreneurial activities that resulted in innovations with a measurable societal impact. This award highlights the impact resulting from innovation.