2018 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 nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018.

2018 REA information and guidelines

  • Eligibility criteria and award categories

    All current tenured and tenure-track faculty members who have been at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology 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 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Permission should be sought from the potential nominee before submission. Self-nominations are welcome. In addition, each nomination must be endorsed by two current University of Ontario Institute of Technology faculty members. Endorsements can be obtained from any of the university's faculty member. Faculty members may not endorse more than one nomination in each category. Faculty members may only receive each category of award once.

    • Early Stage Researcher: The Early Stage Researcher category recognizes an individual faculty member whose research over the 10 years since obtaining her or his first doctoral degree is judged as outstanding by the selection committee. Researchers, at the time of nomination, who are beyond the 10 years since obtaining their first doctoral degree and have experienced a legitimate career interruption may provide a short justification to be considered in this category. Acceptable justifications are generally limited to breaks in the candidate’s research career due to maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training and family care.

    • Senior Researcher: The Senior Researcher category recognizes an individual faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in research at the university, whose research is acknowledged as outstanding by international standards and who 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 make up the selection committee that chooses 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 Research Board will be asked to disclose any conflict of interest with an applicant, and, if a conflict exists, the Research Board member will remove himself or herself from the selection process. Where necessary, the Research Board will consider adding ad hoc members to ensure a thorough review of candidates. The Research Board will recommend award nominees to the VP Research. If the board determines a suitable nominee cannot be found, it is not obliged to recommend any of the nominees.

    The Research Board will consider all research, scholarly and innovative contributions, but it will pay particular attention to work undertaken by the candidates while employed at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

    The Research Board will evaluate the candidates’ nominations using the following criteria, taking into account the discipline, stage of career for each category and research context of each nominee:

    • Scholarly accomplishments and research contributions (60 per cent):
      • research monographs
      • peer-reviewed articles in quality journals appropriate for the field of research
      • grants for scholarship
      • patents
      • creative works
      • research contributions acknowledged to be major advances, influences or transformations
    • HQP training record (20 per cent):
      • Contributions to the training of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
    • Impact of research (20 per cent):
      • Impact of research on the discipline and on society, and recognition for research accomplishments by professional societies or others who have benefited.
  • Nomination review process

    The Nomination Review Process normally has two components:

    • First round: The Research Board reviews all nominations and creates a shortlist of finalists for each category. 
    • Second round: The Research Board selects from among the nominated candidates one honoree for each category. In exceptional circumstances, the Research Board may choose two candidates from one category, or may choose not to nominate anyone for an award.

    The Research Board will notify all nominees of the results when deliberations are complete.

  • Appeals

    All committee decisions regarding the selection of award recipients are final. The Research Board will not consider any appeals to the process.

  • 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 the 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 must provide a list of three external referees. The selection committee may request the VP Research to solicit 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

    Complete nomination packages must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 15.

    Submit one complete electronic copy (PDF) to Ewa Stewart, Grants Officer.  

  • Questions?

    Contact Ewa Stewart, Grants Officer, at ext. 6584.