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Norman Campus-Wide Research and Creative Activity Awards

Deadlines

  • Nominations due March 19, 2021 
  • Selections announced April 13, 2021

Nomination Instructions

Nominations may derive from any individual faculty, department chairs or unit directors, elected members of department/unit Committee A, a department/unit's approved nomination committee, Center leaders, or a group of faculty who are familiar with the nominee's qualifications for the award. No self-nominations are allowed. The nominating individual or entity will be responsible for assembling the nomination packets, including supporting documentation.

Nominations should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file via this online submission form. The nomination packet should include in the following order:

  1. A concise summary statement, not more than two pages in length, that describes the impact and significance of the nominee’s recent research or creative activity justifying nomination for the Award.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  3. One nomination letter, preferably from an external source, supporting the impact and significance of the nominee’s contribution. 
  4. A brief statement of the letter writer’s expertise and relationship, if any, to the nominee.
  5. Any additional supporting information that the nominator considers to be significant.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Janet Ward, Sr. Associate VP for Research and Partnerships.

Review Process

A selection committee consisting of distinguished faculty is appointed by the Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The committee's final recommendation is submitted to the Vice President for Research and Partnerships for approval in consultation with the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Award Announcement

The recipient of the Award is notified by the Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

Award Descriptions

A1. Award for Excellence in Transdisciplinary, Convergent Research

The Award for Excellence in Transdisciplinary, Convergent Research recognizes leadership in the creation of collaborative initiatives of teams of tenured or tenure-track OU faculty over the recent past on projects that demonstrate a deep integration of disciplines toward new configurations of knowledge production, and that strive toward creating a positive and meaningful societal impact. This award can be given to an individual or to a team and therefore nominations for teams of faculty are most welcome.

A2. Annual Award for Excellence in Research Grants

The Annual Award for Excellence in Research Grants recognizes tenured or tenure-track OU investigators or teams of investigators that have obtained extramural sponsored research awards of one million dollars or more during the past year.  No nomination is required for this award.   

B1. Award for Excellence in Research in the Social Sciences 

The Award for Excellence in Research in the Social Sciences recognizes a tenured or tenure-track OU faculty member who has made exceptional, innovative contributions to a social science field throughout their career and/or in their recent work. The Social Sciences award is based on outstanding publications with pioneering research impacts that offer broad societal and community-oriented applications for the common good.

B2. Award for Excellence in Research, Design, and Creative Expression in the Humanities and the Fine Arts

The Award for Excellence in Research, Design, and Creative Expression in the Humanities and the Fine Arts is conferred upon a tenured or tenure-track OU faculty member whose career-long and/or recent work offers a transformative new direction in humanistic or creative development. Innovative research projects for this award may be oriented toward analyses of the past, present, and future that have the potential to transform a field of study, and/or to offer new directions in community-engaged research. Eligible projects must fall within the disciplines of the humanities, arts, and new media. 

B3. Award for Excellence in Research in the Natural Sciences

The Award for Excellence in Research in the Natural Sciences honors a tenured or tenure-track OU faculty member who has made a career-long and/or recent exceptional contribution to advancing fundamental knowledge in a natural sciences field. The contribution made is at a level of importance and impact that garners international visibility and recognition.  

B4.  Award for Excellence in Applied Research and Engineering

The Award for Excellence in Applied Research and Engineering honors a tenured or tenure-track OU faculty member who has made a career-long and/or recent exceptional translational research contribution in an area of applied research and/or engineering. The contribution made is characterized by its impact in addressing major technical, social, and/or economic problems in today’s society, and garners international visibility and recognition.