Summary of Awards
There are two awards given annually for researchers of the year: one to a faculty member in recognition of a distinguished career in research and one to a faculty member in recognition of mid-career accomplishments in research. These honors carry a $5,000 stipend each.
Faculty from all NSHE institutions are eligible for consideration. Although each award is intended for an individual, groups who by their collaboration have made major advances may be recognized as well. The intent is to select one individual (or group) for recognition each year for both the distinguished and the mid-career researchers. However, the Selection Committee may choose to send forward more than one recommendation under exceptional circumstances. The NSHE selection committee will make a recommendation to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee for final selection/approval and the recipient is announced in February/March. A campus wide call for nominations will be sent from the Provost's Office.
Submission, Campus Selection Process & Timeline
The Office of the Provost will send out a campus announcement calling for nominations. Nominations are due electronically from the deans’ offices by September 15, 2021. Nominations should be sent to Research & Innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org. A selection committee composed by the Vice President for Research and Innovation will review the nominees to select one to send forward to NSHE. The nomination will be forwarded to NSHE in October.
Who Can Nominate?
Any NSHE employee or student can nominate for the campus selection process. To nominate a faculty member, send a formal letter of nomination through the candidate’s dean addressing how the candidate has accomplished a distinguished record in research.
Nominee must have at least ten years of cumulative service in NSHE by the date of nomination in order to be considered for the award. In addition, candidates must have overall career/service of at least 20 years in research.
Nominee must have at least five years of cumulative service in the NSHE by the date of nomination in order to be considered for the award. In addition, candidates must have career/service of at least five years but less than 20 years in research.
Each nomination MUST contain the following information ONLY, and be submitted electronically.
- Formal letter of nomination from an NSHE employee or student, adhering to the following guidelines:
- The nomination letter must indicate the significance, volume, and quality of the candidate’s research in such a way as to clarify the nominee’s activities for individuals from other disciplines.
- The letter must address how the candidate’s research or scholarly work brings recognition to NSHE.
- The letter must address clear evidence of the national or international stature of the candidate's research. This evidence should reflect recognized evaluation in the form of critically reviewed papers, presentations, books, monographs, and other forms of scholarly activity or recognition (e.g., invited presentation, awards, honors, etc.). A more in-depth listing of these should be provided in the candidate’s curriculum vitae, which must be attached to the letter of nomination.
- In those disciplines where research grants and contracts are recognized as an important part of career achievement, there must be clear evidence provided in the letter of nomination that the candidate has been competitive for such grants at the national and/or international level.
- The letter of nomination must address the candidate’s continuous record of long-term research.
- Curriculum vitae containing a listing of grants funded, presentations made at national and/or international research meetings, awards/honors, published articles, monographs, or books
- Supplemental materials that nominees will be asked to provide are as follows:
- No more than three examples (reprints or copies) of significant published works that the candidate feels are representative of his or her research accomplishments
- A list of grants and contracts received, indicating the project title, name of grantor, amount of grant, beginning and termination dates, and the nature of the competition for the grant
- No more than three reviews, adjudications, or testimonials conferred by persons who audited the original work
- No more than three letters of support from persons knowledgeable of the nominee’s qualifications
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of up to five persons outside of NSHE whom the Selection Committee may contact about the candidates research achievements
Additional information can be found in the Board of Regents Procedure Manual, Chapter 8, or by contacting Research & Innovation at (775) 327-2363. This information is a link to 3rd party online content; if you experience any issues accessing this content, please contact Research & Innovation.