Research Staff Awards Program

Research Staff awards are open to all (non-OVPR, with the exception of the OVPR Exceptional Staff Recognition Award) regular non-faculty staff members employed by any unit of the University of Michigan’s three campuses. Students, tenured/tenure track, clinical track, and research track faculty are not eligible for these awards. 

Awardees receive a personal honorarium of $1,000 and an award.

View a list of past recipients of the OVPR Staff Recognition Awards.

Research Staff Leadership Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Staff Leadership Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in supervising research centers, institutes, laboratory programs, or multiple teams in research.

Example Positions:

  • Center Managers
  • Managing Directors of Centers or Institutes
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Program Managers

Purpose:
To recognize a staff member for their distinguished service to the research community and celebrate exemplary leadership that positively impacted their colleagues and advanced the mission of U-M.

Criteria:

  • How has this person positively impacted and moved their unit forward through relationship building with leadership, researchers or external stakeholders
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university and/or broader community
  • Clear demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Provided valuable mentorship and guidance of team members
  • Commitment to instilling DEI principles into the policies and practices of their unit

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Research Study Coordinator/Manager Staff Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Study Coordinator/Manager Staff Recognition Award is open to those with responsibility in supervising teams conducting a research project.

Example Positions:

  • Study Coordinators
  • Project Managers

Purpose:
To recognize distinguished service to the U-M research community and celebrate exemplary performance of staff in their roles as a study coordinator or project manager for a particular research study (or set of studies).

Criteria:

  • How has this staff member advanced their unit’s research through their exemplary performance and contributions to U-M
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university and/or broader community
  • Clear demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying DEI principles in coordinating/managing the study

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Research Associate/Assistant/Technician Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Technical Staff Recognition Award is open to those who are involved in the practice of research or in support of faculty who are performing research.

Example Positions:

  • Research Technicians
  • Research Associates/Assistants

Purpose:
To recognize distinguished service to the U-M research community and celebrate exemplary performance of staff in their roles as a research associate/assistant or technician.

Criteria:

  • How has this staff member advanced research through their exemplary performance and dedication
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Clear demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

 

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Research Data Management and Analysis Staff Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Data Management and Analysis Staff Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities being to perform data management and analysis on research projects.

Example Positions:

  • Data Managers
  • Staff Statisticians
  • Programmers
  • Data Analysts

Purpose:
To recognize a staff member’s distinguished service to the U-M research community and celebrate exemplary performance of staff in data manager or analysis roles.

Criteria:

  • How has this staff member advanced research through their exemplary performance and dedication
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Clear demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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Research Staff Support Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Staff Support Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in supporting research.

Example Positions:

  • Administrative Professionals
  • Librarians
  • Museum curators
  • Research Development

Purpose:
To recognize distinguished service to the U-M research community and celebrate exemplary performance of staff whose jobs are dedicated to research supportive roles.

Criteria:

  • How has this person advanced the research mission through their exemplary performance
  • Engagement with committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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Research Cores/Facilities Staff Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Cores/Facilities Staff Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in core services or facilities services supporting the research.

Example Positions:

  • Research Cores Staff
  • Facilities Staff

Purpose:
To recognize distinguished service to the U-M research community and celebrate exemplary performance of staff in their roles as core staff or facilities staff.

Criteria:

  • How has this person advanced the research mission through their exemplary performance
  • Engagement with committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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Research Administration Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Administrator Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in research administration.

Example Positions:

  • Research administrators
  • Research administration

Purpose:
To recognize distinguished service to the research community on campus over a number of years, exemplifying the goals of their professional research administration and commitment to advancing U-M research.

Criteria:

  • How has this person advanced the research administration field through their contributions
  • Engagement with committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEI principles in working with their researchers and within the research administration community

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Outstanding New Research Administration Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Administrator Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in research administration for less than 5 years.

Example Positions:

  • Research administrators
  • Research administration
    (Less than 5 years in the role)

Purpose:
To recognize a staff member early in their career who has shown outstanding service to the U-M research community and exemplifies the goals of their professional research administration.

Criteria:

  • How has this person demonstrated outstanding contributions at an early point in their career as a research administrator?
  • Engagement with committees or service within the university and/or broader community
  • Demonstration of both personal and professional growth in a short amount of time.
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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Research Staff Safeguard Recognition Award

Eligibility:
The Research Staff Safeguard Award is open to those staff who promote and ensure compliance in their research projects and teams.

Example Positions: Any

Purpose:
To recognize a staff member’s outstanding service to the U-M research community by promoting the highest standards of compliance in their research areas.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in maintaining compliance for their teams in research
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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OVPR Exceptional Staff Recognition Award

Eligibility:

The OVPR Exceptional Staff Award is open to all OVPR staff who promote excellence in their work or in their research projects and teams.

Example Positions:

Any OVPR staff. Up to two awards may be given each year to recognize staff both in support/compliance roles and in research staff roles.

Purpose:

To recognize an OVPR staff member’s outstanding service or exceptional work to the U-M research community by promoting the highest standards in their area of work.

Criteria:

  • How has this OVPR staff member advanced their work or the research through their exemplary performance and dedication
  • Current or past committee work or service within the university or broader community
  • Clear demonstration of both personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing DEI principles in their daily work

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