Nominations open for UNMC research awards

Ken Bayles, PhD, UNMC vice chancellor for research

The UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is accepting nominations for UNMC’s prestigious research faculty awards and community service to research awards. Nominations will close on July 26.

These awards aim to recognize and honor the remarkable research accomplishments and ongoing contributions of individuals to UNMC’s research mission.

Learn more about past award winners.

“This is the one opportunity we have every year to gather and celebrate the successes of our research faculty,” said Ken Bayles, PhD, UNMC’s vice chancellor for research. “It always makes me proud to hear about all the great science being conducted at UNMC.”

Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination for faculty research awards, and self-nominations are accepted. Submit nominations with a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae through the NuRamp internal competitions application on or before July 26. Select “UNMC Distinguished Scientist and Other Research Awards Nomination 2024” in the available drop-down menu. A process guide for creating a new application in NU Ramp is available on UNMC Guides.

Criteria for eligibility for each faculty award are as follows:

  • New Investigator Award: Nominees should be assistant professors or higher and have received their first independent national funding within fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024).
  • Distinguished Scientist Award: Nominees should have at least one year of service at UNMC, hold the position of associate professor or above and have a track record of securing extramural funding at UNMC.
  • Research Leadership Award: This accolade is reserved for previous recipients of the Distinguished Scientist Award with a continued record of consistent national funding and demonstrated research leadership at UNMC.
  • Scientist Laureate Award: As UNMC’s highest research honor, nominees must meet all criteria for Distinguished Scientists and have a minimum of five years of service at UNMC prior to the award year.

Final faculty award candidates will be selected based upon volume and impact of publications, research funding and evidence of research collaboration with colleagues.

Outside of faculty awards, the Community Service to Research Awards honor community members who serve in many roles to develop, advise, review, support, disseminate and implement next steps in research.

Members of the UNMC community can nominate individuals or groups serving in any role that the nominator believes is worthy of recognition for how they contribute to UNMC research. Submit nominations through the online form on or before July 26.

“Community service and relationship building are a critical part of UNMC’s research enterprise because they help to build trust with the broader Omaha community,” Dr. Bayles said. “The Community Service to Research Awards highlight and honor these important relationships.”

Community Service to Research Award nominees cannot be employed by UNMC or the University of Nebraska. Some accomplishments for nominated individuals include:

  • Collaborator or volunteer to support UNMC research projects.
  • Advisor to a research program.
  • Community member serving on a UNMC research oversight committee.
  • Activist who speaks up for research and its value in the community.

All research award honorees will be announced as part of UNMC’s Distinguished Scientist Awards Ceremony in fall 2024.

Questions about the nomination process and requirements for any of these awards may be directed to James Geiger in the UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

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