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Nominations invited for Founders Day Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity Award

Nominations are invited for The UND Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity.

This award will recognize outstanding interdisciplinary, collaborative work in the past three years by two or more UND faculty investigators. There are no limitations on disciplines that may be recognized. Scholarly creative work can be demonstrated in many forms: peer-reviewed publications, books, art, music, multimedia, and other forms. Each investigator must have made a substantial intellectual contribution to the joint work product. The recipients will be recognized at the Founders Day Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024.

Nomination Process­

To be provided by investigators/scholars:

  1. A one-page summary describing the collaborative work product(s).
  2. Each investigator/scholar must describe his or her role in the conceptualization, design, execution, and interpretation of the work. They should also describe how the collaboration resulted in something that could not have been done by either/any of the investigators working alone. Each collaborator is limited to one page.
  3. Investigators/scholars should provide a one-page summary of the impact of their work. This impact could be expressed in many ways, for example, pushing back the frontiers of science, practical impact in terms of a commercial product, a new historical or esthetic understanding of something, or a change in business practices that resulted from their work. The fundamental questions are “Who cares what you did?” or “Who is doing something differently as a result of your work?”
  4. Collaborators should provide a joint list of names, with emails and phone numbers, of peers who can provide a confidential evaluation of the nature of the collaboration and the impact of the work product.
  5. Copies of up to three peer-reviewed publications, images of the work, or other representations of the work resulting from the collaboration may be included with the nomination.

To be provided by the relevant dean(s):
Deans of each college or school involved in the collaboration should provide letters (or one jointly signed letter) endorsing the nomination and evaluating the importance of the work – limited to one page each.

The awardee will be selected by the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (chair) and selected others.

Nominations are due no later than Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. The nomination and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Please use the following format for the file name: lastname_lastname_lastname.pdf.

If further information is desired, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development at 777.6736 or go to the Founders Day Research Awards website.

– John Mihelich, Vice President for Research & Economic Development