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Translational Research Team Award

The Translational Research Team Award recognizes a UMMC investigative team whose innovative translational research fosters the multidisciplinary integration of basic research, patient-oriented research, and population-based research, with the long-term aim of improving the health of the public. This award is designed to recognize the primary leaders (two individuals, usually both faculty) of a translational research team that fostered research with documented contributions towards advancing public health.


The recipients of the Translational Research Team Award will be recognized at the annual Excellence in Research Awards Ceremony and will each receive an honorarium of $2,500.


Full-time UMMC faculty members

Nomination criteria

Nominations may be submitted by any UMMC employee via the online nomination form. Nomination materials must include:

  • Letter of recommendation from the nominator that describes the translational research achievements of the team leaders and why these individuals should receive this award.
  • Letter(s) of support from each translational research team leader's supervisor(s) (division chief, department chair, dean, associate vice chancellor)
  • Candidate's CV, including a complete list of the candidate's publications and extramural funding information
  • Summary statement that documents the contributions of each leader towards the translational research accomplishments. Include a separate page detailing the most important references to the grants, awards, and publications supporting these accomplishments (four-page limit).
  • Team description that describes all members of the investigative team and their contributions to the research program

Review criteria

Candidates will be considered on the basis of their leadership in a multidisciplinary team that fostered translational research with documented contributions towards advancing public health; overall impact of the research contributions in the respective field and; demonstration of a commitment to a multidisciplinary team approach. Candidates will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Research accomplishments
    • Impact of translational research discovery
    • Original research in peer-reviewed journals
    • Research support generated through grants and contracts (federal, foundation and industry)
    • Other publications (e.g., review articles, book chapters, editorials)
    • Peer-reviewed research presentations (lecture, abstract, panel)
  • Recognition
    • Peer review journal positions
    • Grant review panel membership
    • Local, regional and national organizational service relating to research
    • National and international speaking invitations
    • Recognition or awards by students, residents, or peers
    • Honors and awards
  • Research mentoring
    • Training of faculty/fellow investigators in translational research
    • Training of residents/students in translational research