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Faculty Research Awards

Faculty Research Awards are an opportunity to increase awareness of the research endeavors pursued by Wake Forest School of Medicine Faculty and recognize faculty accomplishments. The Faculty Research Awards honor investigators, mentors and scientific teams that demonstrate outstanding scientific achievement in the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s research effort. All nominees must have served on the Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty for at least 3 years (5 years for the Mentoring Award). 

Nominations

The nomination process is now closed. 

Recognition of Award Winners

The 2017 Faculty Research Awards Day will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. More information coming soon.

Award Categories and Criteria

Early Career Investigator

The prizes for Early Career Investigators (basic and clinical) are limited to WFSM faculty members at the assistant professor level.  The award consists of a framed certificate and a monetary gift.   

Criteria

  • A significant contribution to the field
  • Originality and independence of thought
  • Outside recognition
  • Collaboration
  • Potential for an outstanding career as a scientist

Ideally, the candidate will have made at least one independent contribution meeting the above criteria.  In recognition of the collaborative nature of research during the early phases of most careers, an acceptable candidate must have, at the very least, been the major force behind the contribution being cited.

Nomination Package

  1. 3 letters of recommendation required, 2 letters from within WFSM required and 1 additional (internal or external) required.
  2. The candidate's curriculum vitae
  3. The candidate's NIH style biosketch
    1. Chairs are strongly encouraged to review the accuracy of the nominee’s CV – as well as the consistency between CVs and biosketch(s); if the candidate’s CV does not include his/her teaching experience, outside lectures, and other materials that would normally be included on their CV, the teaching dossier will be required as part of the review process.
    2. All CVs must be up to date, exclude personal information (e.g., date of birth, social security number, marital status, etc.) and must be presented in WFSM format.
  4. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.:
    1. 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator and
    2. 1) basic research, or 2) clinical research
      Clinical Research is patient-oriented research, including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research.  Patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects. It includes research on mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies, but does not include in vitro studies that use human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.

Mid-Career Investigator

Prizes for Mid-Career Investigators (basic and clinical scientists) are designed to recognize WFSM faculty who are at the associate professor level who have developed outstanding individual and/or programmatic research programs, and who have reached a high level of national and international recognition.  The award consists of a framed certificate and a monetary gift.  

Criteria

  • Significance of contribution(s) to the field
  • Originality of the work
  • The value of the work in shaping and furthering the field
  • Productivity
  • National and international recognition
  • Contributions to the research environment of the school
  • Contributions as mentor and colleague
  • Collaboration

We anticipate that successful candidates for this award may not have attained the level of leadership, collaboration and mentoring observed in the Established Investigators. 

Nomination Package

  1. 3 letters of recommendation, 2 letters from within WFSM required and 1 additional (internal or external) required.
  2. The candidate's curriculum vitae
  3. The candidate's NIH style biosketch
    1. Chairs are strongly encouraged to review the accuracy of the nominee’s CV – as well as the consistency between CVs and biosketch(s); if the candidate’s CV does not include his/her teaching experience, outside lectures, and other materials that would normally be included on their CV, the teaching dossier will be required as part of the review process.
    2. All CVs must be up to date, exclude personal information (e.g., date of birth, social security number, marital status, etc.) and must be presented in WFSM format.
  4. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.:
    1. 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator and
    2. 1) basic research, or 2) clinical research
      Clinical Research is patient-oriented research, including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research.  Patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects. It includes research on mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies, but does not include in vitro studies that use human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.

Established Investigator

Prizes for Established Investigator are awarded to WFSM basic and clinical scientists at the full professor level who have made (a) major contribution(s) to their field(s) by a continuing line of research or a number of significant contributions that do not have to be thematically related to each other.  The award consists of a framed certificate and a monetary gift. 

An Established Investigator nominee must have established an important research program at WFSM.  In addition, to qualify for this award, the nominee must have contributed significantly to the research environment at WFSM through mentoring, scientific leadership, collaboration and service to the school and scientific community.

Criteria

  • Significance of contribution(s) to the field
  • Originality of the work
  • The value of the work in shaping and furthering the field
  • Productivity
  • National and international recognition
  • Contributions to the research environment of the school
  • Contributions as mentor and colleague
  • Collaboration

Nomination Package

  1. 4 letters of recommendation, 2 letters from within WFSM required and 2 additional (internal or external) required.
  2. The candidate's curriculum vitae
  3. The candidate's NIH style biosketch
    1. Chairs are strongly encouraged to review the accuracy of the nominee’s CV – as well as the consistency between CVs and biosketch(s); if the candidate’s CV does not include his/her teaching experience, outside lectures, and other materials that would normally be included on their CV, the teaching dossier will be required as part of the review process.
    2. All CVs must be up to date, exclude personal information (e.g., date of birth, social security number, marital status, etc.) and must be presented in WFSM format.
  4. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.:
    1. 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator and
    2. 1) basic research, or 2) clinical research
      Clinical Research is patient-oriented research, including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research.  Patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects. It includes research on mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies, but does not include in vitro studies that use human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.

Clinician Investigator

The prize for Clinician Investigator is intended to recognize the research accomplishments of faculty members whose primary responsibilities are clinical.  Eligible faculty must have more than 50% effort devoted to clinical duties; faculty of all ranks and degrees are eligible (e.g., MD, PhD, ScD, DVM, DDS, PA or equivalent doctoral-level terminal degree).  The award consists of a framed certificate and a monetary gift.

The award is open to investigators at all levels, e.g., assistant, associate and full professor.

Criteria

  • A significant contribution to the field
  • Originality and independence of thought
  • Outside recognition
  • Collaboration
  • More than 50% effort devoted to clinical duties

Ideally, the candidate will have made at least one independent contribution which meets the above criteria.

Nomination Package

  1. 3 letters of recommendation, 2 letters from within WFSM required and 1 additional (internal or external) required.
  2. The candidate's curriculum vitae
  3. The candidate's NIH style biosketch
    1. Chairs are strongly encouraged to review the accuracy of the nominee’s CV – as well as the consistency between CVs and biosketch(s); if the candidate’s CV does not include his/her teaching experience, outside lectures, and other materials that would normally be included on their CV, the teaching dossier will be required as part of the review process.
    2. All CVs must be up to date, exclude personal information (e.g., date of birth, social security number, marital status, etc.) and must be presented in WFSM format.
  4. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.: 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator

Mentoring Award

Eligible faculty must have obtained the rank of associate professor or higher and must have been a member of the WFSM faculty for at least five years.  The award consists of a framed certificate and a monetary gift.  

Criteria for the Research Mentoring Award

We are seeking nominations of individuals who have played a significant role in mentoring faculty in their trajectory in attaining a highly successful status as a researcher in the biomedical sciences.  

Attributes/Components of a Successful Mentor

  • Introduces mentee to professional contacts and networks
  • Takes a personal interest in the mentee
  • Provides coaching, supervision, consulting
  • Models or discusses issues of professional and personal balance
  • Provides encouragement and advice to mentee seeking leadership positions
  • Collaborates with other faculty on scientific projects and grant submissions

Nomination Package

  1. 3 letters/testimonials from mentees
  2. A brief (no longer than 1-page) description of the nominee's contributions to mentoring faculty in their development as biomedical scientists
  3. A list of mentees
  4. A description of mentees' promotional trajectories
  5. The candidate's curriculum vitae.
  6. The candidate's NIH style biosketch.
    1. Chairs are strongly encouraged to review the accuracy of the nominee’s CV – as well as the consistency between CVs and biosketch(s); if the candidate’s CV does not include his/her teaching experience, outside lectures, and other materials that would normally be included on their CV, the teaching dossier will be required as part of the review process.
    2. All CVs must be up to date, exclude personal information (e.g., date of birth, social security number, marital status, etc.) and must be presented in WFSM format.
  7. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.: 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator

Team Science Award

The Team Science award will be given to 1 currently active team for exemplary achievement.

Criteria

  • Only current WFSM faculty are eligible team members
  • Exemplary achievement
  • Team must include multi-disciplinary and multi-departmental team members
  • Must demonstrate a remarkable scientific product that makes an impact

Nomination Package

  1. 1 support letter required that includes an abstract which:
  2. The team's NIH style biosketches
  3. An indication of the specific award the nominee is being submitted for, e.g.: 1) Early Career Investigator, or 2) Mid-Career Investigator, or 3) Established Investigator, or 4) Mentoring, or 5) Team Science, or 6) Clinician Investigator