The Illinois State University Research and Creative Activity Awards Program exists to honor and recognize individuals who have achieved excellence as researchers at Illinois State University.
The Creative Activity Initiative Award recognizes faculty who have initiated promising creative activities early in their careers. Creative contributions shall include, but not be limited to, the following: painting, sculpture, film, drama, musical composition, choreography of a dance, poetry, a novel, creative non-fiction, creative media programming.
The Million Dollar Club recognizes faculty and staff members who have received one million or more in external grant and contract support through Research and Sponsored Programs. The inductees are recognized each spring at the Research Recognition Reception.
Each of the colleges may select a faculty member to receive the Outstanding College Researcher Award. Candidates for the Outstanding University Researcher Award are selected from faculty who have received the college-level award.
The Outstanding University Researcher Award recognizes faculty members for excellence in research. Candidates for this award must be nominated by their college dean, and must be previous recipients of the Outstanding College Research Award.
The Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Team Researcher Award recognizes exemplary collaborative research conducted by multiple investigators from different disciplines.
The Research Initiative Award recognizes new faculty members (within their first five years) who have initiated a promising research agenda early in their academic careers.
The University Outstanding Creative Activity Award is made to experienced faculty who have established a national/international reputation for creative work in their field. Creative contributions shall include, but not be limited to, the following: painting, sculpture, film, drama, musical composition, choreography of a dance, poetry, a novel, creative non-fiction, creative media programming. This award is not designed to recognize a single major work, but recognizes consistent and sustained contributions to the profession/discipline/field.