The 2019 Grant and Contract Administration Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Grant and Contract Administration Awards that will be presented at the Research Week Awards Ceremony on October 24th in Pullman! Please submit all nomination materials to derekbrown@wsu.edu by August 31st.  The Committee is scheduled to meet and review the applicants in the first week of September.

The purpose of these Awards is to recognize current and former WSU employees (pre-award, post-award, faculty, department staff, other central WSU unit staff, graduate students, etc.) who have provided outstanding service and meritorious contribution to the field.  Nominations by anyone related to the grant and contract process will be considered.  Award Committee members are ineligible to be considered while serving on the Committee (the Committee this year consists of Matt Michener and Derek Brown from ORSO, Kim Small and Sandy Jutte from SPS, and prior awardees Bev Rhoades (College of Education) and Savannah Tiedeman (Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience)).  Here are the descriptions of the awards:

Grants and Contract Administration Service Recognition Award

Service is defined as an individual who has performed their grant and contract administration responsibilities outstandingly above and beyond the expected or required performance within his/her work unit or area.  There will typically be no more than two awards per year.

Criteria to be considered:

  • shown initiative to remain abreast of current trends, regulations and changes in the field;
  • evidence of continuing and long-term service to grant and contract administration;
  • proven customer service (no matter who the customer is) that is valued by the faculty for their assistance;
  • exhibited effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • demonstrated accuracy, efficiency, prioritizing and/or multitasking abilities;
  • exemplified positive attitude, collegiality, willing cooperation, work ethic and/or dependability;
  • incentive  for continuing knowledge of work unit/area and/or valued by the faculty for their knowledge;
  • completed continuing training (i.e., completed the Research Administration Series; proposal budget certified);
  • proven record (i.e., no audit findings) of understanding compliance regulations; and /or
  • developed collaborative relationships between their work unit/area and central administration.

Grant and Contract Administration Contribution Recognition Award

Contribution is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.  There is no limit on the number of awards given each year.

Contributions and considerations could be:

  • development and implementation of a program that has enhanced grant and contract administration;
  • presented workshops/seminars/classes for WSU (or other institutions) on some aspect of the field;
  • served on university committees furthering research/sponsored project activities;
  • made contributions that have improved the efficiencies and/or streamlined processes for better serving grant and contract administrators, faculty, work units/areas and/or central administration efforts;
  • developed collaborative relationships between work units/areas, central administration and /or external funding agencies that have contributed toward the better reputation of the university as a whole;
  • performed service to a professional organization (i.e., WACUBO, NCURA, SRA, NAFSA, or equivalent); and/or
  • publication of article(s) in the field.

Grant and Contract Administration Pioneer Recognition Award

Pioneer is defined as an individual or a group whose meritorious efforts have made a unique difference with a far reaching, significant and influential impact on the Washington State University system, locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally in the field of grant and contract administration.  No more than one award per year.

Considerations could be:

  • launched or initiated a novel approach that was significant to grant and contract administration;
  • developed and implemented an innovation program that has enhanced grant and contract administration
  • introduced an idea that had a direct impact on the collaborative working relationships between departmental, pre- and post-award and central administration grant and contract administrators; and /or
  • produced a positive, creative atmosphere through forward thinking between faculty and university’s grant and contract administrators.

Nominees should demonstrate a strong relationship with ORSO, SPS, and/or work with grants and contracts.  Nominations are to be no more than two pages in length.  Letters of endorsement will be considered, but not required for final determination of the awards.  The Awards Committee may determine which award the nominee qualifies for and reserves the right to determine how many, if any, awards will be presented for any category.  Questions may be sent to derekbrown@wsu.edu.