Tuesday, November 15, 2022

EHS Research Recognition Awards 2021/2022-3*

The EHS Research Committee are delighted to announce the EHS Research Recognition Awards 2021/2022-3* with the intent of formally acknowledging and celebrating the research-related achievements of EHS colleagues. The awards are open to all current members of EHS and self-nominations and nominations need to be made by current EHS staff and students. All awards will be made with respect to the current level of appointment of the applicant. The awards are inclusive of both Education and Health Sciences disciplines, and criteria for each award has been agreed with this in mind. 

Applications will be accepted from individuals and groups for each award. Evidence presented for each award is expected to relate to research activity / support within the last five years. EHS colleagues who were successful in securing one of the five awards in 2020/2021 are not eligible to apply for the same category in which they received the award.


1. EHS Research Mentor

Proposed candidates: This award recognises outstanding mentorship to undergraduate, postgraduate or early-career researchers. The successful candidate or group will not necessarily be a primary supervisor and may be a member of a supervisory team, e.g., a post-doctoral researcher who has consistently supported the personal and professional development of students/early career researchers.     

Criteria: evidence of effective mentorship skills (40%); creates a supportive research environment (30%); considers career development plan (30%).


2. EHS Public Engagement and Outreach

Proposed candidates: This award is targeted towards those who are dedicated to public participation throughout the research process, as well as those who demonstrate commitment to supporting full time educators and practitioners to carry out and utilise research findings in their practice. 

Criteria: evidence of focus on a specific community-identified need or opportunity (30%); research addressing critical community needs (30%); evidence of a mutually beneficial partnership (20%); evidence of a significant impact with a tangible benefit to the community (20%).


3. EHS Research Culture

Proposed candidates: This award acknowledges activities which promote collegiality and contribute to a positive research culture by enhancing collaboration.  Examples of such activities include contributing to, or creating, an environment that supports cross-faculty and interfaculty sharing of expertise and knowledge, participating in mock panels or peer review panels, reader schemes, contributing to career development activities for early career researchers, open research and supporting co-authorship and co-investigator status on grants.  This award is also open to applications from programmes that exemplify a strong commitment to research, such as incorporating research into the heart of taught programmes and/or building the research capacity of practitioners.

Criteria: evidence of a strong contribution and specific commitment to research culture priorities (70%); evidence of alignment to the research culture priorities of the university and faculty (30%).


4. EHS Research Support

Proposed candidates: This award is targeted at those who provide outstanding support to researchers in their role as support staff. Recipients of the award will not typically be members of a research supervisory team, rather those who provide, for example (and not exclusive to), administrative and/or technical support, library support, research finance, building and estates.

Criteria: evidence of effective support to researchers and/or or research projects (70%); collaborative communication and working relationships (30%).


5. EHS Research Paper

Proposed candidates: This award acknowledges research papers that have demonstrable significance and impact in terms of real-world knowledge translation and application, as well as traditional citation metrics, ideally with an international reach. The paper should be first- or senior-authored within the past five years and since the individual began employment in UL. Two awards will be made in this category for early-career researchers/academics (within seven years post-PhD) and established researcher/academic (more than seven years post-PhD).  

Criteria: metrics of the paper (50%) [quartile/decile/impact factor (20%); field-weighted impact factor (20%); accumulative citations per year (10%)]; media/social dissemination and attention (25%); contribution to guidelines, policy, and/or practice (25%).


Application process:

  • Nominations: The generic application form needs to be completed for each nominee, with a maximum 500-word justification taking into consideration the criteria noted for the respective award. The generic application form can be completed by self-nominated nominees or by others who wish to propose nominees. An individual or a research group can apply for a maximum of two awards.
  • Submissions: Completed application forms are to be returned to by 12pm Monday 16 January 2023. Submissions that are not on the generic application form will not be considered.
  • Awarding Committee: The Committee will comprise of a representative from the EHS Research Committee, a PhD year rep from the sPhD Course Board, Research Office, administrative / technical staff and EHS Professorship.
  • Award Ceremony: Awardees will be formally acknowledged during a EHS Research Recognition webinar in March 2023 where each awardee will have an opportunity to provide an insight into their practices and achievements that contributed to their award.