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.

headshots of the 2023 Research Staff Award Recipients in two rows of six on a blue background Lauren M. Smith Elaine Meinzer Brian Hockley Mary Ogdahl Jonathan Reader Joanne Heerema Jing Liu John Corthell Darlene Pennington-Johnson Anagha Tapaswi Rebecca Youmans DeMoss Sheree M. Temple

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