Distinguished University Innovator Award
A member of the tenure/tenure track or research faculty, or a team of up to three (3) individuals led by such faculty member.
Honorarium of $5000 to the individual winner or shared by the team winners. The recipient is invited to deliver a lecture on a topic related to his or her accomplishments in innovation. The award is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
The Distinguished University Innovator(s) will have accomplished one or more of the following:
- Developed a breakthrough technology and demonstrated its transformational potential relative to an otherwise conventionally accepted practice or market.
- Taken a significant innovation developed in the University through to market-readiness, either through partnership with a commercial enterprise, or by starting a company.
- Demonstrated a new method or means for moving innovations from the University into the private sector through the establishment of partnerships or other relationships that promote the strategic or economic position of the region, state or nation.
Any member of the UM community may submit a nomination. In the Nomination Packet, include:
- 2013 Innovator Nomination Questionnaire [pdf]
- A one page description of the innovations, technologies or other activities to promote innovation by the nominated individual or team.
- CV for the nominee.
- Three letters of support, from a range of constituents to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the individual’s impact on innovation.
Nominations for 2013 are due by
December 7, 2012. Deadline extended to February 8, 2013. A PDF of the nomination should be sent to Lisa Turek at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as one paper copy to:
Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
4080 Fleming 1340
By consensus of the membership of the OVPR Innovation Awards Committee appointed by the Vice President for Research, and with concurrence of the VPR.
Announcement of Award
The recipient(s), if any, will be announced in February, 2013. The award winner’s lecture and reception will he held in the spring of 2013.
This award is open to tenure/tenure track or research faculty in all UM campuses, schools, colleges and units.
Questions? Contact OVPR at 734-763-1290.