Research Technical Staff Award

Research technical staff award: Research and Innovation Office

The Research Technical Staff Award recognizes staff for their distinguished service to the University of Minnesota research community and celebrates exemplary leadership that positively impacted their colleagues and advanced the University's mission.

Ten personal honorariums of $2,000 each will be awarded.

Read about our past awardees: 
2023 Awardees
2022 Awardees


May 6, 2024 - Research Technical Staff Award opens
June 14, 2024 - Deadline to submit nominations (by 5:00 p.m. CST)
August 2024 - Announce winners

Eligibility Requirements

The Research Technical Staff Award is open to University of Minnesota staff who are involved in the practice of research or in support of faculty who are performing research.

Example Positions:

  • Research technician
  • Research associate/assistant
  • Research data management and analysis staff

The following positions are not eligible for these awards: tenured, tenure track, clinical track, and research track faculty; administrators; postdocs; students; and RIO unit employees.

Nomination Requirements

Email the following items to with the subject line RTS Award Nomination:

  • A one page letter of nomination from the staff member’s principal investigator (PI) or supervisor that includes a description of the nominee’s contributions to their unit and to the University in support of the nomination
  • A one page letter of support from a UMN employee
  • Both letters should be 10pt font or higher, with one-inch margins
  • Nominee's CV or resume, no longer than two pages

Please address the following evaluation criteria in the nomination letter:

  • Quality of contribution to the University’s research enterprise
  • Consistency of contribution to the University’s research enterprise
  • Successful partnership efforts with PIs
  • Role as a team player
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Service above and beyond those of the the position description