University Awards
Recognising Excellence

Eligibility for Outstanding Researcher Award/Young Researcher Award

  • The awards are presented for quality and impact of research, and not for quantity. Only research carried out while under the employment of NUS or university-level research institutes or centres will be considered.
  • The successful recipient(s) must have consistently achieved research excellence over a period of time and should be recognised by the relevant academic community as having achieved significant breakthroughs or outstanding accomplishments.
  • In principle, just one piece of research work of impact is sufficient for nomination. Nomination of research collaboration undertaken between staff of Faculties and Schools, and NUS-affiliated research institutes or centres can also be considered. In cases of collaborative work, the Nobel Prize rule will apply, where the nominated work shall involve at most three members, and the Prize will be shared equally.
  • A recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award or Young Researcher Award is not eligible within the same category for a period of three years. Any new nominations within the same category will be judged solely on research completed after the previous award.
  • Staff nominated for the Young Researcher Award should be below 40 years of age, as of the deadline specified by the Office of Deputy President (Research & Technology).

Eligibility for Outstanding Partner in Research Award/Young Partner in Research Award

  • The awards are presented for quality and impact of research, and not for quantity.
  • The successful recipient(s) must have not only achieved personal research excellence, but also contributed significantly to building up research at NUS.
  • A recipient of the Outstanding Partner in Research Award or Young Partner in Research Award is not eligible within the same category for a period of three years. Any new nominations within the same category will be judged solely on the research completed after the previous award.

Nomination Information for Outstanding Researcher Award/Young Researcher Award/Outstanding Partner in Research Award/Young Partner in Research Award

  • Nominations can be made by any Dean, Head of Department or Director of research institutes or centres. Nominations should stress the overall achievements of the nominee(s) and their significance, which can be backed up by bibliometric data (citations, H-index etc) where appropriate.
  • Self-nomination is permitted.
  • A call for nominations will be made in July.
  • To nominate, please submit the completed Nomination Form to the Head of Department and Dean or Director. Please approach your Faculty/School or RI/C on the deadline.
  • The Research Excellence Award Committee (REAC) convened by the Deputy President (Research & Technology) will review the nominations. REAC’s final recommendations will be submitted to the University Committee for consideration.
  • The University Committee chaired by Provost will make the final selection of the award recipients.
  • Nominees will be notified of the outcome by March the following year.
  • Details of nomination and selection procedure as well as the schedule can be downloaded here.

For more details on on information, please contact Ms Tay Lee Teng.

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