The Faculty Innovator Award recognizes a faculty member whose extraordinarily high impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. This award specifically recognizes impact achieved through engagement in commercialization partnerships. The recipient receives a plaque and a stipend ($5,000 to $10,000 TBD) from the University Research Office/Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development.

List of Past Recipients for this Award

Award Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • exceptional engagement in commercialization of research results through start-up businesses or existing companies
  • research leadership recognized nationally and internationally
  • high degree of student engagement in research and commercialization efforts

Nomination Process

Nominations shall include: (1) the completed nomination form; (2) the nominee’s vita; (3) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; and (4) three letters of support. At least one letter of support must be written by an industry leader familiar with the impact of the nominee’s work and at least one letter of support must be written by a current or former student. The remaining letter of support may be from colleagues, students, and/or others who can comment on the nominee's qualifications. The nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support. The letters of support each shall not exceed three single-sided pages using at least 12 font and 1" margins. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the letters of support, address the criteria.

The original copy of the nomination form must be submitted to the Faculty Senate Office upon submission of the electronic copy; paper clip the original only – do not staple nor place it in a folder or binder. The nomination packet for the successful recipient becomes the property of University Archives and will not be returned to the nominator.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information.

To assist nominators in preparing nomination materials, a sample nomination form may be viewed. This version is for viewing only; information may be entered only via the below nomination form.

Do not begin entering information on this electronic form unless you are ready to submit the nomination - the form CANNOT be saved and finished at a later time. Please send a hard copy of the original nomination materials to the Faculty Senate Office (instructions below) when the nomination is submitted electronically. Nominations will not be considered unless both the electronic version and hard copy original have been received by the Faculty Senate Office.


Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing nomination packets.

The requested electronic information on the linked nomination form and one original of each nomination for the Industry Partnering Award must be received by March 17, 2018. It is necessary to follow the instructions completely or the nomination will not be considered. Send the original nomination to: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall.