Excellence in Research Animal Care & Use Awards Program

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The goal of this awards program is to celebrate staff excellence in the humane care and use of animals in research within the University of Michigan (U-M) Animal Care & Use Program and the U-M animal research community.

This annual awards program is administered in the academic fall semester.

Two awards are distributed each year to one member of each of the following:

Award recipients will be bestowed a commemorative plaque and $200.00 honorarium. Inaugural award winners will be announced prior to January 2020.

Criteria for Consideration

Eligible nominees must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

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Excellence in Animal Welfare —
The nominees should demonstrate, through their actions, concern and compassion for laboratory animals and be advocates for the welfare of animals involved in laboratory research.

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Excellence in Outreach and Education 
The nominees should make specific and notable contributions to the education and/or mentorship of members of the animal research community and/or the general public in a manner which promotes the field of animal research.

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Excellence in Innovation and Collaboration —
The nominees should engage in cross-disciplinary partnership to facilitate creative and data-driven refinement of research animal care and use practices.

Additional Details

  • Current U-M students (undergraduate or graduate) and staff with a minimum of one year of institutional service in animal care and/or use*
  • Must be a current U-M employee at the time of award selection.

Please note: this excludes AFSCME, temporary students and staff, and all faculty.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Completed nomination form in UMMS Competition Space, which requires a narrative (minimum 250 words) describing, in reasonable detail, the nominee's contributions related to the elected criteria described above
  • At least one, but not more than three, letters of support detailing the specific contributions of excellence made by the nominee. Letters of support must not be more than a single-typed page in length


Questions about this award program should be directed to ULAM-Animal-Care-Excellence-Award@umich.edu.