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Research award

Awards and recognition

The purpose of the annual Grenfell Campus Research Award is to recognize an academic staff member (ASM) who has demonstrated outstanding research accomplishments and has made significant contributions to advance the Grenfell Campus's reputation for research excellence.


The award consists of a framed certificate and a cash prize of $500 or a grant of $500 in support of research activities. 


All ASMs will be eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. The nominee's research portfolio will be assessed only as far back as the nominee's date of first employment at MUN, on any campus. The nominee must be employed at Grenfell Campus for the year in which the nominee is nominated for this award. No individual shall receive the award more than once.

Assessment criteria

To receive the award, the nominee must demonstrate sustained and outstanding research achievement and impact. In the context of this award, research refers to scholarly work including creative activity and performance that is peer-reviewed, adjudicated, or equivalent in a manner that is appropriate to the discipline in question. The onus is on the nominee to demonstrate evidence of the significance and impact of the research (such evidence may include but is not limited to peer-reviewed publication of scholarly impact; success in gaining research funding, with an emphasis on external awards; the degree and impact of publicly engaged research; the nominee's provincial, national, or international reputation; the quality of the critical reviews of the work; and so on).

Nomination process

Any ASM can submit a nomination. Up to three nominees from each school will be accepted. If there are more than three nominees in a given School, then a subcommittee must be formed in that School to select the three nominees. This subcommittee must be chaired by a member of the Awards Committee, in addition to faculty from that School, to be appointed by the Dean. 

The nomination will be accompanied by the following materials for each nominee:

  • Letter of nomination: a cover letter that outlines the nominee's research excellence and the impact of the research; the letter should describe the nominee's contribution in a way that is easily understandable to those outside of the nominee's discipline
  • a Canadian Common CV or other format CV
  • one sample of the nominee's adjudicated research publications or dissemination
  • Three reference letters that speak to the nominee's research excellence and the impact of the research. This shall include one internal and two external referees.

The nominee should not choose referees who:

  • are affiliated with Memorial University or are from the same institution as any member of the nominee's research team (including co-authors or collaborators);
  • are themselves from the same institution (i.e. the two referees the nominee suggests must be from two different institutions)
  • have collaborated with the nominee
  • have published with the nominee in the last five years
  • have had a personal relationship with the nominee or with any member of the nominee's research team
  • have served as the nominee's thesis supervisor or who have had a similar supervisory or mentoring relationship with the nominee within the last five years.

Selection process

The selection committee, to be designated by the vice-president (Grenfell Campus) and associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) research and graduate studies, is responsible for the designation of the recipient of this award.

If no nomination meets the criteria, then no award will be given for that year.

2023 competition deadlines

Nominations due: May19, 5 p.m.
Award presentations: TBD

Submit your nominiation

Nomination packages should be forwarded by email to research@grenfell.mun.ca or in person to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 4th floor Forest Centre.

Past r​​ecipients

Past recipients of the Grenfell Campus Research Award:

  • 2015 - Dr. Ian Warkentin
  • 2019 - Dr. Paul Foley
  • 2020 - Dr. Telex Ngatched
  • 2021 - Dr. Erin Fraser

Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research and Graduate Studies

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