Research Achievement Awards

About:

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce an inaugural awards program during academic year 2016-2017 to recognize outstanding research achievements of Brown faculty. Five awards will be given annually that each carry a research stipend 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 two areas: (1) Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and (2) Physical Sciences, 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 in the previous academic year, 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 (in the previous academic year) 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 two areas: (1) Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and (2) Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Public Health. These awards are for faculty of any rank. 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 in the previous calendar year.

Eligibility:

  • Any professor at any rank is eligible.
  • Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty, as well as post docs, 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.
  • National and/or international peer acclaim for their research in the previous calendar year.

Research Innovation Award

One University-wide award will be given as the Research Innovation Award. This award recognizes a member of the faculty who demonstrates exceptional creativity in opening new research paths for their field that may prove to be of profound significance.

Eligibility:

  • Any professor at any rank is eligible.
  • Emeritus, adjunct, and visiting faculty, as well as post docs, are not eligible.

Criteria:

The overall merit of the research innovation 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 exceptional creativity in opening new research paths for their field that may prove to be of profound significance.

For All Awards:
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Amount:

  • Each award carries a research stipend 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: https://ufunds.brown.edu/ (Brown’s online application system) from November 1, 2016, through January 9, 2017.

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.
  • Two supporting letters from faculty colleagues either within or external to Brown. (Nominations to the Distinguished Research Achievement Award must include at least one letter external to Brown.)
  • 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:  November 1, 2016

Nominations Close:  January 9, 2017

Selection:  February 27, 2017

Ceremony:  Spring 2017

Questions? Please contact: (401) 863-5145 or  Research_Opps@brown.edu