DRP Program: Request for Nominations

A. Purpose of the Honorary Award Program
  • This award recognizes outstanding research and/or creative activity of eligible Florida State University faculty.
  • Departments are encouraged to nominate only one candidate for this award.  If multiple candidates are nominated, the Chair or Dean will be contacted to rank order (no ties) candidates.
B. Award Information
  • Recipients receive a one-time award of $10,000, less applicable taxes, by direct deposit.
  • Awardees will be recognized at the annual Faculty Awards program, which is generally scheduled in the spring.
  • Recipients of this award are entitled to use the title "Distinguished Research Professor" throughout their subsequent employment at FSU or until that title is surpassed through the receipt of the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Award or the Daisy Parker Flory Award.
C. Eligibility
  • This award is open to well-established full professors who, as of August 2016, have completed at least five years in the rank of Professor at FSU.

  • Faculty who currently hold a named professorship or endowed professorship may be nominated for this recognition.

  • Faculty already holding an endowed chair, the Robert O. Lawton Award, the Daisy Parker Flory Award, or the Distinguished Research Professor Award are not eligible.
D. Important Dates for the 2016 - 2017 Round
  • Nomination Deadline: January 26, 2017, 4:59 pm
  • Award Notification: March 2017
  • Award Period: Lifetime

*NOTE:  If you would like your nomination to be reviewed for technical errors, you may submit it seven days before the program deadline (i.e. by 4:59 pm on 'the date of the deadline minus 7') for a pre-review by the CRC Coordinator to ensure that it follows the program guidelines and required documents are incorporated.  Please note the following:

  1. In order for your nomination to count as having been submitted in time for this pre-review, you must have submitted all of required documents prior to the opening of the seven day window.
  2. If your nomination is submitted after the opening of the seven day window, there is no guarantee that it will be pre-reviewed.  Thus, choosing to submit after the opening of the seven day window leaves you at risk, as any technical errors, no matter how minor they may seem, will render your nomination ineligible.  However, if you meet the seven day pre-review deadline and make any required corrections, as per instructions, by the final program deadline, your nomination will not be rejected on technical grounds.
  3. Your nomination's accuracy is your responsibility, and not that of the CRC.  The CRC will not make corrections, and revisions cannot be accepted after the deadline.
Program Deadline CRC 7-day Technical Review Deadline
Monday the previous Monday at 4:59 pm
Tuesday the previous Tuesday at 4:59 pm
Wednesday the previous Wednesday at 4:59 pm
Thursday the previous Thursday at 4:59 pm
Friday the previous Friday at 4:59 pm
E. Selection Criteria
  • It is preferred, as in years past, that departments nominate at most one candidate for this award.  However, as part of a pilot program for the 2016-2017 year, if a department does choose to nominate multiple candidates, then they must be rank ordered by the nominating department, with no ties (so that such candidates are ranked by those who have the best knowledge of their work).
  • There should be evidence of the following in the letters from a nominator, the department chair, and the dean:
    • Candidate's outstanding scholarly productivity and/or creative activity
    • Recognition and honors related to research and/or creative activity
    • National and international visibility in endeavors that emphasize research and/or creative activities.
F. Nomination Preparation Instructions

Nominators must submit the electronic nomination binders on behalf of the nominee.  The only exceptions are for self-nominations.

  • Only a PDF version of each document will be accepted.
  • Go to Section H. Nomination Submission Process for instructions on how to apply.
  • Below are the required sub-sections for each candidate:

Letter of Nomination

  • A letter of nomination, addressed to the DRP Review Committee, from an FSU faculty member (who may be the nominee — self-nominations are acceptable) or an FSU administrator, addressing the selection criteria (Section E).
  • Departments are encouraged to nominate only one candidate for this award.  If multiple candidates are nominated, the Chair or Dean will be contacted to rank order (no ties) candidates.
  • If someone other than the nominee is the nomination letter author, the author must include his or her CV (2 page maximum).

Internal Letter of Endorsement

  • Internal letters of endorsement, addressed to the DRP Review Committee, are required from the Departmental Chair, Director (if applicable), and Dean.
  • Submissions will not be accepted without both letters, where applicable.

External Letters of Endorsement

  • No more than three external letters of recommendation from established scholars with a direct relationship or knowledge to the nominee are allowed.  The external letters of recommendation must have been written no earlier than 24 months prior to the application deadline, as verified by the dates that appear on them (which are required).
  • These letters must include a statement on the qualifications of the letter authors, as well as a brief 2 page CV from the letter authors.

Curriculum Vitae

  • The nominee's vitae should be current, concise, and complete
  • If extensive lists or photos of projects are vital, the nominee should set up a web link to this data and reference it at the end of the vitae.

A list of FSU graduate student advisees (present and former)

A list of external contract and grant awards (with dates and amounts)

A list of invited talks

G. Nomination Examples

Examples of successful nomination binders are available on OPD's Successful Proposal Database. Your FSU username and password will be required


H. Nomination Submission Process
  • Go to the CRC Submissions Portal.
  • The nominator will need to login using his or her FSU username and password.
  • Start a new nomination binder for your nominee by selecting one of the CRC honorary programs listed under the nominate tab.  Complete all the sections and upload each of the required elements.  (Note:  You will have the ability to submit/save your nomination binder elements and update/edit them until the posted deadline for the program.)
  • Nomination binders with incomplete required fields will not be able to submit until all required fields are completed.
  • Nomination binders received after the deadline will not be processed, and incomplete binders will not be accepted.  Nominators, please revisit your nominee’s binder to make certain it is complete before the deadline.
I. Nomination Review Process
  • Reviewers will use these review guidelines for scoring the nomination.
  • The CRC will recommend the finalists to the President based on the funding allocated to the program, the number of proposals received, and merit scores of each proposal.

Contact Us

Grace C. Adkison

Council on Research and Creativity Coordinator
2022 Westcott North Annex
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
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