Research Staff Awards Program

Research Staff awards are open to all (non-OVPR, with the exception of the OVPR Exceptional Staff Recognition Award and the OVPR Staff Leadership 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.

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photos of the awardees, from left to right, top to bottom: Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija, Stacey A. Jacoby, Molly Kleinman, Beth LaPensee, Glenn S. Carter, Kyle S. Kwaiser, Songzhi Liu, Beth Jakubowski, Steven E. Whitesall, Kali Yilmaz, Ruth Elaine Halsey, Caitlin Conway, Megan Kellepourey, Karen Houghtaling, Thomas Paluchniak

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 & Cores
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Program Managers

    Submit Nomination 

    OVPR Research Leadership Recognition Award

    Eligibility:

    The OVPR Leadership Recognition Award is open to all OVPR staff who promote excellence in their work, units or in their research projects and teams.

    Example Positions:

    • Managers or Supervisors in OVPR
    • Managing Directors of Centers or Institutes in OVPR
    • Administrative Directors / Associate Directors in OVPR
    • Staff in OVPR who have demonstrated exceptional leadership with their team

      Submit Nomination 

      OVPR Exceptional Staff Recognition Award

      Eligibility:

      The OVPR Exceptional Staff Award is open to all OVPR staff who promote excellence in their work, units 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.

      Submit Nomination

      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

        Submit Nomination

        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

        Submit Nomination 

        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

          Submit Nomination

          Research Staff Support Recognition Award

          Eligibility:
          The Research Staff Support Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in supporting and facilitating the successful planning and implementation of research projects and processes.

          Example Positions:

          • Administrative professionals
          • Library staff
          • Museum curators or support staff
          • Research development
          • IT staff

            Submit Nomination

            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 Managers/Staff
            • Facilities Staff

              Submit Nomination

              Research Administration Recognition Award

              Eligibility:

              The Research Administrator Recognition Award is open to those who have been working within research administration for greater than 3 years with primary responsibilities in research administration.

              Example Positions:

              • Research administrators
              • Research administrator manager
              • Research administration supervisors
              • Research administration

                Submit Nomination

                Outstanding New Research Administration Recognition Award

                Eligibility:

                The  New Research Administration Recognition Award is open to those with primary responsibilities in research administration for less than 3 years.

                Example Positions:

                • Research administrators
                • Research administration
                  (Less than 3 years in the role)

                  Submit Nomination

                  Research Staff Safeguard Recognition Award

                  Eligibility:

                  The Research Staff Safeguard Award is open to all staff who demonstrate exemplary commitment to safeguarding research in their daily work, including departmental lab staff and research administrators. 

                  Example Positions: Staff at any level who regularly promote safety and compliance.

                  Submit Nomination