Award Information

ARIS 2021 Awards Information

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Timeline | Process | Requirements | Selection Criteria

Process and Timeline

Important Dates:

  • October 19, 2020: Call for nominations released
  • October-January 2021: Nomination preparation and submission period
  • November 18, 2020, 2 p.m. (Central): Q&A webinar for nominators
  • February 28, 2021: Last day to submit nominations
  • May 10-12, 2021: Winners announced at the virtual ARIS Summit


  • Review the Nomination Requirements below.
  • Use the Nomination Checklist while preparing your nomination.
  • Review the recording of the November webinar about the Awards process.
  • Prepare the nomination letter and gather supporting documents (see descriptions below of what to include in letter and documents).
  • Submit nomination letter via the online nomination form.

Nomination Requirements and Checklist:

  • Self-nominations are welcome as well as nominations for others.
  • A nomination for any award can be for any of the following: an individual researcher or practitioner, a collaboration among individuals, a particular research project or program, a research and education institution, or another organization.

Nominations should include the following elements:

  • ☐ Nomination letter (see below for details)
  • ☐ Letter(s) of support (at least one, no more than three)
  • ☐ Two-page CV
  • ☐ Supporting documents (must be combined into one PDF, maximum 20 pages)
    • ☐ Program or project descriptions
    • ☐ Recognition letters, news articles, or other external notice for the individuals or programs
    • ☐ Additional resource links (no more than one page)

The nomination letter should:

  • ☐ Address the four criteria listed below in describing the nominee(s) and their work. Use the four criteria for selection (Commitment, Alignment, Evidence, Advancement) as headings for the first part of your letter. Under each heading, include a description of how you feel the nominee meets each criterion.
  • ☐ If the nomination is for an individual researcher or practitioner, or for a collaboration among individuals, identify the researchers or practitioners and provide brief descriptions of their accomplishments in their field.
  • ☐ If the nomination is for a particular project or program, provide a brief description of the project/program’s goals and achievements. Also identify key persons involved in the project or program.
  • ☐ If the nomination is for an educational or research institution or other organization, provide a brief description of the organization, its mission, and its achievements. Also identify any key persons involved in the institution or organization.
  • ☐ Identify the category of award for which you are submitting the nomination (refer to the Categories).
  • ☐ Identify the reason (or multiple reasons) the individuals, collaboration, project, program, or institution/organization should be recognized.
    • ☐ For the Broader Impacts Champion Award, be specific about the ways in which the nominee has advocated for or advanced broader impacts and/or helped to build community.
    • ☐ For the Impact Goals Award, be specific about the type of impact the nominee’s work has achieved and provide evidence of impact.
    • ☐ For the Impact Innovations Award, be specific about how the nominee’s contributions have helped to innovate and scale research impacts strategies and methods.
    • ☐ For the Enduring Achievement Award, be specific about the timeline and scope of the work, including multiple research activities, projects, or programs -- and multiple impacts -- over time.
  • ☐ Describe the societal outcomes and impacts that the nominee(s) has/have helped to realize, including any measurement or other evidence of impact.

Letter(s) of support and supporting documents should:

  • ☐ Underscore/reinforce the nomination letter elements.

Criteria for Selection

Review your nomination materials to ensure they provide good information about how the nominee(s) reflect each of these criteria. The titles of each criterion should appear as a heading at the beginning of your nomination letter, followed by a short summary of the ways in which you feel the nomination reflects each criterion.

  1. Commitment.
    The nominee(s) has/have demonstrated, through their work, a commitment to ensuring that research benefits society.
  2. Alignment.
    The nominee(s) have demonstrated alignment with the goals of NSF’s broader impacts criterion or with other definitions/frameworks for societal impact of research.
  3. Evidence.
    There is evidence of impact in the work of the nominee(s). Evidence could include quantitative and/or qualitative measures or indicators of outcomes -- changes in understanding, behavior, or broader conditions in the related context of the focus area(s) of the nominee(s).
  4. Advancement.
    The work of the nominees(s) holds promise for raising awareness about, growing, and sustaining the consideration of and attention to societal impacts in conducting research, and in translating discoveries.