Research Excellence

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes and highlights the work of its faculty and staff members through awards and honors for the excellence and distinction of their work. Annual awards are presented across the array of endeavors that are essential to the mission of the university.

Outstanding Research Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Office of the Provost, and the Graduate School annually host and sponsor the Outstanding Achievement Awards, which include the Outstanding Research Awards, the Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Williams Fellows and the Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Graduate Studies.

Outstanding Research Awardees receive commendation from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The award include $1,000 (or $2,500 for a team) in research support, a recognition memento, and a highlight of their work in internal and external communications.

A call for nominations is open to the UO campus for the four outstanding research awards listed below for the 2020-2021 year:

  • Outstanding Career Award: Tenured faculty at the associate or full professor rank (must be an active, full-time UO employee), employed by the UO for at least seven years, track record of distinguished scholarship and external recognition and support of such efforts, and national/international prominence in their field of research.
  • Early Career Award: Tenure-track assistant professor, 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 Award NTTF Researcher: Career, full-time non-tenure track faculty appointment employed by the UO. This individual must have served as a PI on extramurally awarded projects submitted through the UO, have a track-record of research independence, and have a substantial and impactful scholarly record OR they must have documented record of providing exceptional and innovative technical support to UO researchers.
  • Innovation and Impact Award: This award 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 or environmental impact and/or individuals whose broader public engagement activity has proactively shared their research or viewpoints on research and policy issues with the public via traditional and/or new media channels. These efforts reflect an important factor of our mission to create and disseminate knowledge across all disciplines and put it to work to benefit the community, the region, and the world.

Please consider that this past year, faculty across all disciplines experienced incredible disruptions to research activities due to COVID-19.  We encourage you to look at impact over the past several years in evaluating/selecting individuals for nomination.

Selection Process:

This call is open to the UO campus for nominations and self-nominations for the four outstanding research awards. Nomination letters should be no more than one page in length, unique to each nominee, and must detail the research impact on the field and the significance of the individual’s research over the past several years. Where applicable, attention should be given to describing how the research portfolio has a broad impact on the discipline and beyond.

Nominations or self-nominations are due no later than Friday, April 23, 2021 for full consideration.

Nomination Submission Form

AY 2019-20 Award Winners

  • Alice Barkan - Outstanding Career Awards
  • Autumn Shafer - Early Career Awards
  • Doug Toomey - Innovation and Impact Award
  • Ann Glang - Outstanding Accomplishment by a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Researcher
  • Bob Parker - Outstanding Accomplishment by a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Researcher

More information on the 2019 award winners can be found here in Around the O.

Past Winners