Innovator and Inventor of the Year Call for Nominations

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Innovator and Inventor of the Year Celebration


Nominations Due Thursday, May 26, 2016


The 2015 Innovator & Inventor of the Year honorees will each receive a one-time $3,500 prize and a commemorative award, which will be presented at the Innovator & Inventor of the Year Award Celebration, held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Student Center East, East Terrace. In addition, the names of the award recipients will be added to a distinguished group of recipients of this award on the Innovator & Inventor of the Year Award Recipients plaque which is prominently displayed in the hallway of the UIC Office of Technology Management (OTM). More details on the event agenda will be made available in the coming weeks. To RSVP for this celebration of UIC's faculty inventors, click the button below:

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Nomination Process and Criteria

Nominations may be submitted by anyone from the UIC community who is knowledgeable about a successful UIC Inventor or Innovator. Self-nominations are also encouraged. The awards are open to any UIC faculty member who has engaged with the UIC OTM through the invention disclosure process. The nominee must be a primary inventor or creator of a UIC technology disclosure for which a significant research effort conducted at UIC contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

Nominations will be accepted for the following (one nomination per primary creator only):

Innovator of the Year Award: The Innovator of the Year Award honors an outstanding innovator or team of innovators at University of Illinois at Chicago who through their efforts have contributed to significantly advancing their invention towards commercialization. This award recognizes outstanding commitment either through participation in the licensing process or through entrepreneurial efforts in a startup company based on their invention.

Inventor of the Year Award: The Inventor of the Year Award honors an outstanding inventor or team of inventors who have made a contribution to the development of intellectual property at the University of Illinois at Chicago that has the potential to make a significant impact. The award is given based on the criteria of creativity, novelty, and commercial potential or potential benefit to society.

Key Dates



Application Deadline: Thursday, May 26, 2016, Midnight CST
Awards Ceremony and Announcement: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 5:00pm Student Center East, East Terrace

Submission Instructions

Nomination material should include a completed Nomination Award Application and one of the following statements:

For Innovator of the Year: A statement explaining why the nominee should be considered for the UIC Innovator of the Year Award. You may include, but are not limited to, the invention and its impact and value to the field and society, the inventor’s efforts to advance his/her invention towards commercialization, and participation in the licensing process or entrepreneurial efforts in a startup company. Please do not exceed 750 words.

For Inventor of the Year: A statement explaining why the nominee should be considered for the UIC Inventor of the Year Award. You may include, but are not limited to, a brief background of the inventor, describing the invention, and its potential impact and value to the field and society. Please do not exceed 750 words.

OPTIONAL: No more than three (3) pages of other materials supporting the candidate’s achievements, such as professional and/or press articles.

Please submit the completed UIC Innovator or Inventor of the Year Award Application to otmevents@listserv.uic.edu by Thursday, May 26, 2016, Midnight CST. Submissions may only be entered in one of the categories (Innovator OR Inventor). Late submissions will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

An internal University committee will serve in selecting the UIC Innovator & Inventor of the Year Awards. The Committee will be made up of members from diverse disciplines, many of whom are distinguished university professors. The Committee will review all nominations and deliberate on whom has shown outstanding commitment in developing a groundbreaking invention.

The Committee will make their selection based on the following criteria for Innovator of the Year:
  • The nominee’s invention has impact and brings value to their field and society;
  • The nominee’s contribution to, and influence on, the University and field;
  • The nominee’s performance, creativity, and commitment demonstrated throughout the commercialization process;
  • The invention’s potential for further development and commercialization/adoption.
The Committee will make their selection based on the following criteria for Inventor of the Year:
  • The nominee’s invention has potential to significantly impact and bring value to their field and society;
  • The nominee’s contribution to, and influence on, the University and field;
  • The nominee’s performance, creativity, and commitment demonstrated throughout the invention process;
  • The invention’s potential for further development and commercialization/adoption.


**You must download the application to your hard drive and complete the form using Adobe Acrobat. Your browser will not save the form correctly**

CLICK HERE to download an Innovator of the Year Award Nomination Application.

CLICK HERE to download an Inventor of the Year Award Nomination Application.

CLICK HERE read about last year’s winners.