The President's Departmental Excellence in Safety Award (henceforth referred to as Award) is an annual award given to a department or similar academic unit to recognize excellence in safety in research, scholarly and creative activity, and teaching.
Safety excellence encompasses departmental programs designed to mitigate chemical, physical, and/or biological hazards associated with research and teaching areas where departments have gone above and beyond to ensure the validity of research and the well-being of researchers and students.
The award consists of a $25,000 fund to the department to further enhance its safety mission. Proposed use of the funds is a critical component of the application process.
The deadline for the award application for the 2020 award cycle is Friday, January 29, 2021.
The award application packet must consist of the award the application cover sheet and a 4-6 page document addressing the review criteria described on the cover sheet. The document should be prepared by a coalition of faculty, such as a departmental safety committee or ad hoc committee. Incomplete applications will be omitted.
The award application cover sheet must be electronically signed by the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College. There is no limit on the number of applications within a college, and the Dean of the college should not rank the applications. The Dean's signature is to signify that the college is aware of the application and understands that funds from the award are to be used to augment the awardee department's safety infrastructure and goals.
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An ad hoc committee will be formed from the chairs of the following Institutional Compliance Committees and the Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety: Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Radiation & Laser Safety Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Additional committee members may be added to evaluate proposals as needed.
The scoring process will use Olympic scoring, where the highest and lowest scores are removed from the score average. This scoring system eliminates the need for the committee members to recuse themselves from scoring/voting and mitigates conflicts of interest. The final scores and recommendation of the committee will be forwarded to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the President for the final award decision.
Review of submitted proposals will begin in January of each calendar year with notice of award occurring by the end of February. Note, the timeline for announcing the 2020 recipient may be delayed due to an extended deadline.