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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation’s Employee Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation has launched a new annual employee awards program that seeks to recognize and elevate employee excellence among peers.

Research and innovation employees may nominate any other research and innovation employee for the following awards: Colleague’s Choice, Customer Service, Outstanding Mentor or Leader, and Ut Prosim.

Additionally, any Virginia Tech employee is invited to nominate any research and innovation employee for the Customer Service award.  

Research and innovation supervisors may nominate their employees for the Outstanding Contributor award. And, for a group nomination, supervisors for each research and innovation employee should cosign the nomination.

Self-nominations and anonymous nominations will not be considered. Winners will be announced at the office’s annual end of year celebration in December.  

Deadline for nominations:
Nominations are closed at this time.

For the purposes of these awards, research and innovation employees are defined as those within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation administrative units:

  • Animal Research and Care Division
  • Central Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Electronic Research Administration
  • Export and Secure Research Compliance
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance

Who is eligible?

  • All employees (staff and faculty) who have received salary or stipend from Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation administrative or central accounts over the prior fiscal year (July-June). Nominees must maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positionsTerm appointments from elsewhere in the university (eg, fellows) are not eligible.
  • A relevant aspect of the action for which the nominee is being recognized must have occurred in the prior 12 months (24 months for the FY2021 award cycle).
  • Employees who have won an award in the past 5 years are not eligible to be nominated for that award.
  • Part time employees eligible for the FY2021 award cycle.

Award Categories

The Outstanding Contributor Award may acknowledge up to two employees or groups of employees for their exceptional contributions to the office.  

Award Criteria: Nominees should maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positions, and should be nominated by their supervisor for either the Innovation or the Above and Beyond category.

Innovation - Nominees should be recognized for showing creativity in establishing a product, service, or solution that adds substantial value to the office. Criteria include:

  • Addresses a clear need or solves a readily identifiable problem.
  • Adds value that can be described as different, distinct, or a change from other alternatives.
  • Has an impact that provides measurable (identifiable) value to the division's goals and objectives overall.

Above and Beyond - Nominees should be recognized for consistently performing job functions in an "above and beyond" manner. Criteria include:

  • Exemplifies an extraordinary level of commitment, initiative, cooperation, and dedication in completing job responsibilities.
  • Possesses an attitude of excellence and goes "above and beyond" in the areas of extra effort, follow through, and hard work in getting the job done.

The Colleague’s Choice Award acknowledges an employee who has consistently demonstrated commitment to being a great team member, collaborator, and partner, promoting a positive and professional work environment.  

Award Criteria: Nominees should maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positions, and should be nominated by their peers based on the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies an extraordinary level of team-orientation, willing to help peers, even outside of official duties.
  • Contributes significantly to team morale and encouraging work culture, bringing a positive attitude to the unit.

The Customer Service Award acknowledges an employee who has consistently demonstrated commitment to being responsive, transparent, and helpful for their stakeholders.  

Award Criteria: Nominees should maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positions, and should be nominated by their customers based on the following criteria:

  • Consistently look for solutions when confronted with a non-standard situation.
  • Is professional, helpful, and prompt in all interactions with their customers.
  • Represents OVPRI in a positive manner with stakeholders.

The Outstanding Mentor or Leader Award acknowledges an employee who has provided guidance, advice, instruction, or support to their peers or employees to help them accomplish their goals.  

Award Criteria: Nominees should maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positions, and should be nominated by their peers or employees based on the following criteria:

  • Consistently provides constructive feedback and advice,
  • Empowers others to achieve success,
  • Advocates for and supports professional development.

The Ut Prosim Award acknowledges an employee or group of employees who have consistently demonstrated commitment to the university’s Ut Prosim (“that I may serve”) motto, excelling in service to their community.

Award Criteria: Nominees should maintain an acceptable level of performance in all functions of their positions, and should be nominated based on the following criteria:

  • Engages in activities that make the university and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation a more welcoming, equitable, and just environment;
  • Engage in governance, other university service, or supports activities that improve the human condition through community service.

About the Awards Selection Committee

The Awards Selection Committee will be responsible for reviewing nominations from the administrative units for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation Annual Employee Awards and making recommendations for awardees to the vice president for research and innovation.

Selected by the vice president, the committee will be composed of seven employees of research and innovation administrative and business units, with diverse representation of staff and faculty.

Members of the committee will individually review and score nominations, and will meet to deliberate.

This is expected to require no more than 15 hours between October 1 and November 15 each year. Members will serve a two year term, renewable indefinitely.