The Office of Research and the Corporate Engagement Office invite nominations for The Ohio State University 2018 Innovator of the Year awards. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding innovation accomplishments of faculty, staff and students. Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Next Generation Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards are intended to recognize an Ohio State researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff companies formed. These activities support economic development in the central Ohio region and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate award categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Next Generation Innovator of the Year award, granted to students (undergraduate and graduate) or postdocs, is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. It may also recognize a trainee-initiated start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

Learn more about the criteria and how to nominate.