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New Slate of UNO Research Recognition Prizes
By Admin (on 3/24/2014 @ 14:45:59, in ORSP Announcements, read 932 times)

New Slate of UNO Research Recognition Prizes

For implementation during FY2014

(prizes to be awarded in Fall 2014)

 UNO is committed to excellence as an urban, research university.  The concept of research at UNO is a broad one, encompassing creative advances in the science, social sciences, and engineering, as well as scholarly achievements in the education, business, the humanities, and fine arts.  Recognizing and rewarding scholarly excellence in our faculty is essential to maintaining a healthy atmosphere of creativity and innovation—elements crucial to a thriving research university.  Attached are descriptions, criteria, and processes for three new recognition prizes within the domain of research and scholarship, slated to begin in 2014.  Two of these new prizes (the Research Excellence Prize and the Early Career Research Prize) are nomination-based; the third (the Competitive Funding Prize) is based purely on grant success and the calculations will be made by my staff. For more information, please review the attached guidelines.

 For the nomination-based prizes, please consider nominating a worthy colleague and/or working with your department chair to secure a nomination for yourself. Nominations should be sent to ORSP@uno.edu no later than May 16, 2014 in order to be eligible, but may be submitted any time between now and then. Awardees will be announced in Fall 2014.

 On behalf of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Research Council, and myself, we appreciate all that our wonderful researchers do to advance the mission of UNO and to make the learning experience of our students infused with creativity and knowledge creation at the vanguard of the many fields represented at UNO.  We look forward to reviewing the nominations and joining together to celebrate the success of our faculty.

GUIDELINES FOR THE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Research Excellence Prize is a recognition for persons who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Research Excellence Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for UNO Research Excellence Prize must be associate or full professors in one of the academic departments.  Faculty who have received a Research Excellence Prize in the last five years are not eligible (the award initiates in FY14, so this rule is not applicable until FY15). Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding and sustained record of creative and scholarly activity and on his/her status among experts in the respective field.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements, and a list of the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of six off-campus experts in the nominee's field.  If the nominee's work is interdisciplinary or subdisciplinary, the relevant fields or subfields of the referees should be clearly indicated.  Do not request or send such recommendations.  If needed, they will be solicited by the Research Council from names on the list and from other appropriate sources.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


GUIDELINES FOR THE EARLY CAREER RESEARCH PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The UNO Early Career Research Prize is a recognition for persons who hold the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of their award, and who have distinguished themselves in their creative and scholarly activities.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation as the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).   Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

Beyond the distinction and the prize itself, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Provost will work with the winners’ chairs and deans to identify external awards and designations for which the winners might be competitive and make efforts to nominate the winners for such awards when possible.

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Generally, one UNO Early Career Research Prize will be awarded per year.  Depending upon the quality of nominations in a given cycle, zero to three prizes may be made per year.

 

CRITERIA

Nominees for the UNO Early Career Research Prize must be assistant professors at the time of the award in one of the academic departments and must have passed their third-year review.  Faculty who have received a prior Early Career Research Prize are not eligible. Selection will be based on the candidate's outstanding record of creative and scholarly activity.

 

NOMINATION

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will announce the dates when the nominations will be accepted.  The nominations should originate with the chair of the candidate's department and be forwarded to the appropriate dean.  Multiple nominations may be made by a department. Those nominations supported by the dean should be sent to the Office of Research.   The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will forward them to the UNO Research Council for review and recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

 

Nomination materials should consist of a letter of nomination from the candidate's department chair explaining why the nominee should receive the honor, a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae (standard University format), a statement by the nominee of his/her creative and scholarship career achievements and future objectives.

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will make its recommendation to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner(s) will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.


  GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPETITIVE FUNDING PRIZE

 

PURPOSE

The Competitive Funding Prize is a recognition for the UNO researcher who, as a Principal Investigator (PI), has achieved the highest of amount of competitive funding awards in the past fiscal year.

 

BENEFITS

The prize consists of the public designation of the prize winner, and a one-time discretionary use allocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  The allocation may be utilized over a one year period as a fixed price award (winner has freedom to purchase equipment and supplies, to hire student assistance or consultants, fund summer salary or extra compensation, etc.).  Note that any salary utilization from the allocation must include the funding of fringe benefits within the allocation added to the recipient’s base salary.  Utilization of this allocation must be compliant with other UNO policies and guidelines, including the Faculty Workload policy, the Extra Compensation policy, university purchasing procedures, and Human Resources processes.

 

 

LIMITATION ON AWARDS

Normally, only one UNO Competitive Funding Prize will be awarded per year.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development reserves the right to deviate from this norm and award fewer or more than one Competitive Funding Prize in a given year, if circumstances warrant the deviation.

 

CRITERIA

                The calculation will be based on the official award notice of finalized budget from the sponsor(s) in the prior fiscal year.  Multiple awards to the same PI will be added together to determine the value used for the prize determination.  The following examples are offered to clarify the criteria.

 

Example 1

·         NSF award of $200,000 for each of 5 years ($1 million total)

·         Award notice provides authorization for the entire amount

·         The entire amount ($1 million) will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (there will be no additional amount from this award used in the calculation for subsequent years unless a supplemental award budget is granted)

 

Example 2

·         NIH award of $200,000 for year 1 and the possibility of 4 additional years

·         Award notice provides authorization for year 1 only

·         Year 1 budget of $200,000 will be used as criterion value in the fiscal year it was awarded (any future funding within the grant will be counted in the year it is awarded)

 

FINAL DESIGNATION

The Research Council will review the tabulations of external awards provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and may request additional information or review if there are questions of fact or proposed extenuating circumstances.  The Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final determination.  Announcement of the winner will take place in the annual researchers’ reception or other such university-level context.

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