Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation

Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 11:59 pm
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Call for nominations

Recognizing the importance of innovation to the overall research and teaching mission of the University, this award will recognize an innovation led by a Princeton faculty member and their research team whose scholarly activity and creative thinking has moved beyond the confines of campus to be in the service of humanity.  The establishment of this award is consistent with the University’s commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and to raise the visibility of Princeton’s innovations. The award, open to all faculty across all disciplines of research, will be presented annually during the Princeton Innovation: Engage 2020 conference.

Eligibility for the Innovation Award:

The innovation must be led by a tenure-track or tenured faculty member at Princeton University. 

Selection criteria for the Innovation Award:

  • Lineage of innovation to scholarly research conducted at Princeton University
  • Creativity of the innovation in addressing a critical challenge or opportunity of importance to society
  • Potential or demonstrated impact of the innovation beyond the campus

Application process:

The nomination process will consist of a nomination form and a statement (no more than 3-pages) outlining the innovation and why it meets the criteria for the award and merits recognition. 

The award recognizes an innovation. Therefore, all contributors (including the lead faculty member) should be included in the nomination form.  

Nomination deadline:

Nominations are due October 5, 2020.  Self-nominations are welcomed. 


Fill out the nomination form and upload your three-page statement.

Selection process:

A selection committee comprising external innovators and entrepreneurs will recommend the awardee to the Dean for Research. The Vice Dean for Innovation will serve as a non-voting member of the committee.

Award notification:

October 25, 2020

Presentation of award:

Princeton Innovation: Engage 2020, November 4 – 6, 2020

Award details:

The awardee(s) will receive a plaque and an honorarium. The awardee will have the honor of delivering a lecture during the awards ceremony.


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Anne-Marie Maman
Executive Director
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