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Examples of innovation sought for recognition

March 7, 2014

Photo of light bulbsAt NIU, innovation is new knowledge put to new use.

NIU’s Division of Research & Innovation Partnerships requests nominations to recognize NIU faculty, staff and students who have gone above and beyond in the area of innovation.

This is the inaugural year for the Innovation Certificate of Recognition Program, which acknowledges the contributions of individuals and teams at NIU for their significant achievements in innovation.

Examples include innovation in the development of novel ideas, technologies, processes, products and services and in their application to address societal problems, meet societal needs and expand human opportunities.

This definition encompasses not only scientific and technological innovations, but also the production and application of novel ideas in scholarship, the arts, organization, pedagogy, diagnosis and treatment, human performance and other forms of individual and social enterprise.

Nominations will be accepted from faculty, who may self-nominate or nominate other faculty, students and staff. Nominators should mail the name and a brief statement of the candidate’s accomplishments, including:

  • A description of the innovation and why it is innovative
  • A statement of its impact or expected impact: What will it do? Who will it benefit? How will it change things?
  • Who was involved (individual, team, industry partners, funding sources, community connections, involvement of other institutions)

The deadline for nominations will be 8 a.m. Monday, March 24. Submit nominations to Liz Wright at [email protected].

Nominations will be reviewed by members of the Intellectual Property Committee and Division of Research & Innovation Partnerships. Certificates will be presented at the Innovation Recognition Ceremony brunch at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15.

For more information, call (815) 753-9400 or email [email protected].