2018 Research & Economic Development Advisory Board Advancement of Research & Scholarship Achievement Award


PURPOSE: The intent of the Research and Scholarship Achievement Award is to recognize high quality, competitive, research and scholarly activity that exemplifies and advances Auburn’s research and scholarship mission. The award is a grant of university funds to be used to support the awardee’s research and/or scholarly activities.  This award is recognized as Auburn’s most prestigious research and scholarship award.

CRITERIA: The Research and Scholarship Achievement Award will recognize a faculty member from Auburn University or Auburn University at Montgomery who has distinguished him/herself through research and scholarly activity advancing Auburn’s research and scholarship mission, significantly impacting his/her field of study, and leading to extraordinary scholarship and/or notable research findings. This activity can consist of a body of work performed over a period of time or one seminal project.

The criteria used to evaluate the research and scholarly activity may include:

• Advancement of Auburn’s research mission

• Noteworthy, significant impact on field

• Success in obtaining and sustaining extramural funding

• Establishment of extramural research partnerships/collaborations/consortia

• Technology transfer activity (i.e., inventions, patents)

• Publication in top-tier journals

• Authorship of high quality books or other scholarly works

• Honorary awards, distinguished fellowships

As Auburn’s most prestigious research and scholarship award, individuals who receive the Research & Economic Development Advisory Board Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award may not reapply for the award until the 5th year after receiving the award (e.g., the 2016-2017 award recipient may apply for the 2021-2022 award.). Applicants who do not receive the award may reapply annually to be reconsidered for the award. There is no limit to the number of times that an applicant may be considered for the award.

ELIGIBILITY: Permanent, full-time faculty, assistant professor and above, are eligible to apply or be nominated for the award.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  The application process is two-phase.  

Phase 1:  Applicants will submit:

• Complete all contact information included within the electronic application.

• Upload a brief narrative (1-page limit) describing the research and scholarly activity that significantly impacted the field of study and that led to extraordinary scholarship and/or notable research findings.

Phase 2:  Invited candidates will submit a full application packet (10-page limit) consisting of:

• A narrative (2-page limit) describing why the research and scholarly activity is important to the specific field of study and how the research and scholarly activity advanced Auburn’s research mission,

• A curriculum vitae (5-page limit) highlighting research and scholarly activity (e.g., extramural funding, extramural research partnerships/collaborations/consortia, technology transfer activity, publications, books, honorary awards/fellowships) that support the intent of the award,

• A letter of recommendation (1-page limit) from an intramural source (e.g., Auburn University Dean, Department head/chair, Center director), and

• Two letters of recommendation (1-page limit per letter) from separate extramural sources (e.g., academic or industry partner outside of Auburn University).  Extramural letters of recommendation cannot be from former students or dissertation directors of the applicant.

Robert Holm, Ph.D
Proposal Services & Faculty Support


Phone: (334) 844-5877


Email: rholm@auburn.edu

Application Deadline: December 22, 2017 4:45pm

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Previous Winners:

2015 – Dr. Geoff Hill
2016 – Dr. Bruce Tatarchuk
2017 – Dr. Mona El Sheikh