Nominations Invited for the Excellence in Innovation Award

The Office of Research & Innovation is seeking faculty nominations for the Excellence in Innovation Award. Nominations with support documents are due by Sept. 16, 2011.


The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes exceptional achievement in technological innovation and its transfer to practice, industrial partnerships, and/or commercialization during the 2010 calendar year. The award is given annually to USF faculty members from any USF System institution and includes $2,000 to each winner.


More than one award may be given depending on the caliber of the applications. Award(s) will be presented at the annual luncheon of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors™ (NAI) on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. 


The faculty member should be nominated by a Dean, Chairperson, or Center/Institute Director, although self nominations will be accepted.


"The object of the award is to encourage and reward the highest levels of technological innovation and entrepreneurial success," said Dr. Paul Sanberg, senior associate vice president for research and innovation and president of the NAI.


Achievements will typically be in the following general areas, but other related activities will also be considered:


Development of new intellectual property (e.g., issued patent, patent application)


Entrepreneurial activity (e.g., a USF-based start-up company, working closely with an established company, license agreement)


Transition of a pre-clinical discovery into the clinic


Commercialization of a USF-discovered product


Funding obtained through federal programs, such as STIR or SBIR grants


Significant publications in technology (e.g., Science, Nature Biotechnology)


"It is my hope that this award program will acknowledge our best scholars and investigators and inspire continued high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the university," said Dr. Karen Holbrook, senior vice president for research, innovation and global affairs.


Instructions for nominations are available here. For more information, email Tina Lucas or contact her by phone at 813-974-7988.


Note: The Outstanding Research Achievement Awards, which in the past have been awarded during Research Week in the fall, will be presented at a faculty awards ceremony in April 2012. The call for nominations will be sent out early next year.