The Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research award recognizes an individual faculty member who has put addressing public needs and direct engagement with the public, in the service of improving quality of life through research, at the forefront of his or her academic activities.

Eligibility and Criteria

All current tenure-track, research track or clinical-track faculty members with a 50 percent or greater appointment are eligible for nomination.  Self-nominations are not allowed. Deans, DEOs, department chairs/heads, supervisors, and other senior faculty or staff may serve as nominators. 

Competitive nominees will address impact of publicly engaged research in more than one of the criteria listed below:

  • Superior scholarship as evidenced by recent publications in prestigious journals;
  • Publication of a significant book and/or receipt of a prestigious book prize;
  • Receipt of distinguished awards from one's peers or professional societies;
  • Receipt of major external funding;
  • Consistent record of highly cited, influential publications;
  • Presentation or exhibition of significant work in the creative, visual or performing arts; and/or
  • Editorial board membership of a peer-reviewed journal; external peer recognition of scholarly accomplishment (e.g. best paper, best poster).

Nomination and Selection Process

Required Documentation:

  • ​​Letter of Nomination - Attach a brief description, no more than 750 words in length, describing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments.
  • Up to three confidential letters of endorsement. Letters of support from a variety of constituents, UI and non-UI (e.g., experts in the field), will have a greater impact. Letters of support should each be no more than one page in length and address the criteria listed above.
  • Nominee's CV (up to 10 pages).

A selection committee comprised of leaders from within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Research Council, and UI faculty will be appointed to evaluate nominations.

Submission Process and Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Recipients will be announced in April.

CLICK HERE to begin the submission process. Click the blue "University of Iowa Login" button and sign-in with your Hawk ID and password.  If you have problems or questions, contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( / 319-384-3332) in the OVPR well ahead of the deadline.  

Award Details

  • A prize of $1,000 and a commemorative gift.
  • Recipients will be recognized on a website, press release, social media, and in other virtual ways. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will not be announced at an in-person event.