UAB NORC "Creativity is a Decision" Prize

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UAB NORC "Creativity is a Decision" Prize

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Three categories of applicants are eligible: Graduate Students; Postdoctoral Fellows; and Faculty (both junior and senior faculty) & Staff.
  2. Applicants are welcome from every department and school within UAB.
  3. Winners must submit an extramural grant application for which they are eligible by November 6, 2017 in order to claim their prize.
Application Process:
  1. Prepare a one-page application, due on July 6, 2017, that includes:
    • name, email, and telephone number of applicant;
    • award level category (Graduate Student; Postdoctoral Fellow; and Faculty or Staff);
    • a succinct description of the idea for the proposal with sufficient detail provided to allow for evaluation of merit. The proposal should focus on what makes this truly creative, innovative, and exciting and can be light on experimental details; and
    • the name of the funding agency where the full-scale proposal will be submitted and the expected date of submission, which must be no later than November 6, 2017.
  2. Send all of these materials to
Women, individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Note, senior and junior faculty members are equally encouraged to apply.
Award of Prize:
  1. Applicants will be notified by August 8, 2017.
  2. Within each category, at least one meritorious applicant will be selected to receive a "pre-award" voucher.
    • Graduate Students - $1,000.
    • Postdoctoral Fellows - $2,500.
    • Faculty & Staff - $5,000.
  1. To claim prize, winners in each category must submit at least one proposal from those judged as highly creative to an extramural sponsoring authority (e.g., NIH, NSF, etc.) by November 6, 2017. It is expected that Winners will apply for suitable funding mechanism for their level. For example:
    • Graduate Students might apply for an F31 award from NIH or NSF grant (unless they negotiate an alternative with the NORC director in advance);
    • Postdoctoral Fellows might apply for an F32, K award, or R-series grant from NIH; and
    • Faculty & Staff might apply for an R01 award from NIH or a comparable award from NSF.
    • Any other grant type must be approved by the NORC Director in advance.
  1. Once a grant application is submitted, winners can redeem their pre-award voucher for a cash prize. *
*This prize is not a grant to conduct research. The cash prize will be processed as a non-recurring element in your pay and will be considered taxable income. All awardees (including students) will be responsible for any taxes associated with the award.
Interested individuals may contact David B. Allison or Julie Locher with questions.

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