Research Achievement Award Guidelines
2019-2020 Academic Year

About:

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to recognize outstanding research achievements of Brown faculty through the Research Achievement Awards program. Six awards will be given annually that each carry a research award of $5,000. A committee of faculty will review nominations and select the award recipients. OVPR invites nominations from deans, department chairs, and center directors, and also invites self-nominations and nominations by colleagues. Awardees will be honored at a University-wide research celebration in the spring, at which OVPR will also acknowledge the recipients of the annual Research Seed and Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research awards.  Following the ceremony, University senior leadership will host a reception and dinner honoring Research Achievement awardees.

Awards:
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Early Career Research Achievement Award

Early Career Research Achievement awards will be given in three areas: (1) Humanities and Social Sciences, (2) Physical Sciences, and (3) Life Sciences and Public Health. These awards are for a member of the faculty at the Assistant Professor level, or who was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2019 and later, in recognition of an exemplary portfolio of research achievement during his/her first years at Brown.

Eligibility:

  • Any professor at the rank of Assistant Professor or newly-promoted to Associate Professor (effective July 1, 2019 and later) is eligible.

  • Adjunct and visiting faculty are not eligible.

Criteria:

The overall merit of the research achievement will be considered and evaluated by a committee of faculty reviewers, convened by the Vice President for Research. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Scholarly achievements and recognition (publications, professional awards, funded research etc.).

  • Significance of contributions to his/her discipline.

Distinguished Research Achievement Award

Distinguished Research Achievement awards will be given in three areas: (1) Humanities and Social Sciences, (2) Physical Sciences, and (3) Life Sciences and Public Health. These awards are for faculty at the rank of full professor. The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty who have demonstrated a record of exceptional research achievements throughout their career at Brown and have received national and/or international peer acclaim for their research within the last few calendar years.

Eligibility:

  • Any professor at the rank of full professor is eligible.

  • Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty are not eligible.

Criteria:

The overall merit of the research achievement will be considered and evaluated by a committee of faculty reviewers, convened by the Vice President for Research. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Scholarly achievements and recognition (publications, professional awards, funded research etc.).

  • Significance of contributions to his/her discipline.

  • Evidence of national and/or international recognition for their research within the last few calendar years

Consideration will be given to especially distinguished researchers who have also contributed notably to mentorship and university community.

For All Awards:
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Amount:

  • Each award carries a research award of $5,000.

Nomination Process:

  • OVPR will solicit nominations in the fall from deans, department chairs, and center directors. Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues will also be invited.
  • Nominations may be submitted electronically via UFunds from October 14, 2019, through 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2020.

Nomination Materials:

  • A letter of nomination from dean, department chair, center director, Brown faculty colleague, or nominee (self-nominations permitted) addressing evidence and significance of the candidate's research achievements.

  • One supporting letter from a faculty colleague. Nominations to the Distinguished Research Achievement Award must include a letter from a colleague external to Brown; Early Career Research Achievement Award supporting letter can come from an internal or external colleague.

  • The candidate’s current curriculum vitae.

Review Process:

  • A committee of faculty will review nominations and select the award recipients. The committee will be convened by the Vice President for Research, configured each year to avoid direct conflicts of interest with respect to nominees.

  • Selections will be announced at a Research Celebration in the Spring.

Timeline:

Nominations Open on  UFunds:  October 14, 2019
Nominations Close:  January 6, 2020 (5:00 p.m.)
Selection (on or about):  March 16, 2020
Ceremony:  April 2020

Questions? Please contact: (401) 863-5145 or [email protected]