Outstanding Research Awards

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Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation




Together the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School annually hosts and sponsors the UO Outstanding Teaching, Research and Mentorship Awards. This year, the research award categories are:


  • Outstanding Career Award (to be awarded to a tenured faculty Professor rank);
  • Early Career Award (for a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor rank);
  • Outstanding Accomplishment Award Researcher (for a career NTTF engaged in research);
  • Innovation and Impact Award (An individual or team for outstanding entrepreneurial and/or broader public engagement activity, including communication, policy, or outreach). 


Awardees of these categories receive commendation from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, including $1,000 (or $2,500 for a team) in research support, a recognition memento, and highlighting of their work in internal and external communications. 


Selection Process:

This call is open to the UO campus for nominations and self-nominations for the six outstanding research awards. Nomination letters should be no more than one page in length and must detail the research impact on the field and the significance of the individual’s research. 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.


Nominations or self-nominations are due no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for full consideration.


Electronic submissions should be sent to vpri@uoregon.edu with the subject line: UO Outstanding Research Awards Nomination.


Minimum requirements for recipients in each of the categories:


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 7 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 who broader public engagement activity that 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.