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Research & Innovation Prizes 2022

The University’s Research and Innovation Prizes 2022 are designed to celebrate the achievements of academic, professional services and technician staff across a range of areas.

The prizes in particular highlight activities that have had a transformative effect, creating new knowledge, benefiting a particular community, and supporting others in the research and innovation ecosystem.

The 2022 prizes:

Prize Category Eligibility Awards offered* Additional information:
1. Starting Research Prize: For research staff who are less than 7 years from PhD completion or equivalent.* Nominees should have a research track record that shows great promise. Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 - personal research allowance Researchers or research teams must have conducted research that has resulted in substantive and transformative advancements in their relevant discipline(s), has enabled new ways of working in that discipline, or has been applied in contexts that have positively impacted on stakeholders outside academia such as patients, the general public, communities, policy-makers, and industry. In all cases, it is expected that the research activities and research outcomes go beyond examples typically expected in the discipline for the relevant career stage, taking into consideration the researcher’s individual circumstances.
2. Consolidator Research Prize: For research staff who are more than 7 years from PhD completion or equivalent.* Nominees should have a research track record that shows great promise. Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 - personal research allowance Researchers or research teams must have conducted research that has resulted in substantive and transformative advancements in their relevant discipline(s), has enabled new ways of working in that discipline, or has been applied in contexts that have positively impacted on stakeholders outside academia such as patients, the general public, communities, policy-makers, and industry. In all cases, it is expected that the research activities and research outcomes go beyond examples typically expected in the discipline for the relevant career stage, taking into consideration the researcher’s individual circumstances.
3. Advanced Research Prize: For research staff/group with more than 12 years from PhD completion or equivalent* and leaders in their field, demonstrating significant achievement in the last 10 years.Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 - personal research allowance Researchers or research teams must have conducted research that has resulted in substantive and transformative advancements in their relevant discipline(s), has enabled new ways of working in that discipline, or has been applied in contexts that have positively impacted on stakeholders outside academia such as patients, the general public, communities, policy-makers, and industry. In all cases, it is expected that the research activities and research outcomes go beyond examples typically expected in the discipline for the relevant career stage, taking into consideration the researcher’s individual circumstances.
4. Early Career Researcher involved in Knowledge Exchange (individual) For individual research staff who have demonstrated the benefit of external engagement in a knowledge exchange project. £3,000 - personal research allowance This award recognises an ECR who has demonstrated the benefit of external engagement in a knowledge exchange project. Nominees will need to demonstrate the impact the collaboration has had on themselves as well as the businesses involved in the collaboration.
5. Knowledge Exchange Collaboration Prize: For research staff/group who have had an impactful collaboration with a business. Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 - personal research allowance This awards recognises an academic’s impactful collaboration with a business. Nominees will need to demonstrate the impact the collaboration has had on themselves as well as the businesses involved in the collaboration.
6. Technician of the Year Prize: For technical staff/group who have made a significant contribution to research and innovation activities at the University. Staff on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts may apply. £3,000 - towards personal training/development Technician staff must have excelled in their role and be able to demonstrate, through their activities and achievements, how they have positively impacted, transformed and supported research and innovation culture at the university.
7. Professional Services Support of the Year Prize: For professional services staff/group who have made a significant contribution to support research and innovation activities at the University. Staff on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts may apply. £3,000 - towards personal training/development Professional services staff must have excelled in their role and be able to demonstrate, through their activities and achievements, how they have positively impacted, transformed and supported research and innovation culture at the university.
8. 2022 Kent Research and Innovation Community Prize For any staff/group who have made a significant contribution to, and impact on, the innovation and enterprise community at the University and/or in the community outside academia. Staff on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts may apply. £3,000- personal research allowance/training/development The staff member must have excelled in their role and be able to demonstrate, through their activities and achievements, how they have positively impacted, transformed and promoted the research and innovation community at the University, and where possible outside of academia.
9. Collaborative Research Excellence Prize For research groups who have made a significant contribution to the innovation and enterprise activities at the University through collaborative research. Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 towards personal research allowance The research must have included strong elements of public engagement with research, involving high-quality public stakeholder engagement at any stage of the research, and have been of significant and far-reaching benefit to stakeholders beyond academia.
10. Public Engagement with Research Prize For research staff/group who have made a significant contribution to the innovation and enterprise activities at the University through public engagement with research. Academic staff (on both ongoing and fixed-term contracts), fellows and postdoctoral researchers may apply. £3,000 towards personal research allowance The research must have included strong elements of public engagement with research, involving quality public stakeholder engagement at any stage of the research, that has been of significant and far-reaching benefit to, stakeholders beyond academia.

* For Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Research Prizes:  in the case of a nominee not having a PhD, the number of years should be calculated from the time they began working as an independent researcher.

Nomination Deadline: Friday 15 April 2022.

Online nomination forms must be submitted by 17.00 on Friday 15 April 2022.

 

Who can apply:

We welcome the  nomination of staff members, both individual nominees and group nominations, for any of the prizes for which they are eligible to apply (See Prizes table above).

 

How to apply:

Simply complete the online nomination form which primarily consists of:

  • a supporting statement (up to 500 words): outlining the nominee’s/nominee group’s research and innovation-related activities and achievements. This can be completed either by the nominator or, in the case of self-nomination, by the nominee themselves.
  • C.V. of  nominee: to be uploaded as PDF, Jpeg or Word Doc. (no more than 2 A4 pages). Not required for group nominations or nominations for the Professional Services Support of the Year or Technician of the Year Prize Categories.
  • Mitigating circumstances (Optional): to provide details of any mitigating circumstances, pandemic, family or any other circumstances which have impacted the nominee/nominee group and which you wish to have considered confidentially by the panel.

 

Assessment Process and Awards:

Nominations will be assessed by a University review panel chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation. Information provided in the nomination form is confidential and will be reviewed by panel members, prize admin. and the EDI champion only. All nominees will be notified of the outcome of this process by email to their official university email account.

This year’s winners will all receive formal recognition of their exceptional contributions at a prize ceremony, as well as a funding or training allocation of £3,000. The winners will be announced on the University website and through University communications. High-quality applications that are not awarded a prize will receive honourable mention.

 

Contact

For any queries about the application or review process please contact us at risprizes@kent.ac.uk