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2017 Research Excellence Award

The Research Excellence Award (REA) recognizes excellence in research achieved by faculty members at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Up to two Research Excellence Awards will be awarded annually.

Complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

2017 REA information and guidelines

  • Eligibility criteria and award categories

    All current tenured and tenure-track faculty members who have been at the university for at least three years and have not received a REA in the last five years are eligible to be nominated. Nominations may be submitted individually or collectively by current or former tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Permission should be sought from the potential nominee before submission. In addition, each nomination must be endorsed by two current or former UOIT faculty members. Endorsements can be obtained from any UOIT faculty; however, faculty members may not endorse more than one nomination in each category.

    • Early Stage Researcher: The primary goal of the Early Stage Researcher category is to recognize an individual faculty member whose research over the 10 years since obtaining her/his doctoral degree is judged as outstanding by the selection committee. 
    • Senior Researcher: The primary goal of the Senior Researcher category is to recognize an individual faculty member whose research is acknowledged as outstanding by international standards and has brought recognition to the university.
  • Public recognition and value of the award

    Each award includes a recognition plaque and $1,500, to be contributed to the award recipient’s internal research account. Each award winner will be expected to give a public presentation to the university and the broader community.

  • Selection process and award criteria

    The university's Research Board will select the successful candidate. The Vice-President Research, Innovation and International (VP Research) will act as Chair of the committee, which includes a representative from each faculty. Members of the board will be asked to disclose any conflict of interest with an applicant, and, if a conflict exists, the board member will remove him/herself from the selection process. Where necessary, the board will consider adding ad-hoc members to ensure a thorough review of candidates. The board will recommend nominees for the awards to the VP Research. If it is determined that a suitable nominee cannot be found, the Research Board is not obliged to recommend any of the nominees.

    All research, scholarly and innovative contributions will be considered, but emphasis will be placed on work undertaken by the candidates while employed at UOIT.

    The Research Board will evaluate the candidates’ nominations using the following criteria:

    • Scholarly accomplishments, such as research monographs, peer-reviewed articles, grants for scholarship, patents, and creative works.
    • Research breakthrough that is acknowledged to be a major advance, influence or transformation.
    • Recognition for research accomplishments by professional societies.
    • Contribution to the training and research activity of students and post-doctoral fellows.
    • Impact of research on society.
  • Nomination review process

    In the first round, when required, the Research Board will review all nominations and create a shortlist of finalists for each category. As part of the nomination form, each nominee is required to provide a list of five potential external referees. Once the selection committee has shortlisted the nominees, the VP Research may solicit three external support letters for each finalist from the list of referees provided. The Research Board will reconvene to review the external letters and decide on the award recipient for each category.

    All nominees will be notified of their status when deliberations of the selection committee are complete.

  • Appeals

    All committee decisions regarding the selection of award recipients are considered final. Appeals to the process will not be considered.

  • Submission requirements

    The nomination package must include:

    • Completed Nomination Form.
    • Nomination Letter: A detailed letter (up to four pages) from the nominator(s) summarizing the candidate’s research achievements and outlining the national or international significance of the candidate’s scholarly work. The letter must clearly identify how the nominee meets the award evaluation criteria and should be written in plain language (please use template provided).
    • Candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV): Only the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) CV, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Form 100 or Common CV formats will be accepted.
    • External referees: Each nominee is required to provide a list of five external referees. The selection committee may request the VP Research to solicit three external support letters for each finalist from the list of referees provided. The external support letters, if requested, will be considered in the second round of the adjudication process.
  • Nomination deadline and contact information

    Complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

    One complete electronic copy (one PDF file) must be submitted to:

    Julia Armstrong
    Grants Officer
    Office of Research Services
    Campus Corners, Room 2328
    905.721.8668 ext. 5307
    julia.armstrong@uoit.ca


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