Fontys Research Award

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The Fontys Research Award is presented to a Fontys member of staff or a (master)student who excelled while working in a practice-oriented research project focussed on/ or developed and implemented in collaboration with the professional field, and thus enhanced the distinctive stature of Fontys as a knowledge-intensive network organization with strong regional connections.

Research Award
The Fontys Research Award will be presented during the New Year Gathering.

  • One to a Fontys member of staff
  • One to a master student of Fontys
  • One to a bachelor student of Fontys

The winner of the member of staff group receives a two to three-week stay at a foreign sister institution. The prize provides for travel and subsistence allowances, as well as for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred. During this period, the research activities will proceed.

The winner of the master student group and bachelor student group receive a prize of € 1000,- each.

Should a winning entry be a collaboration of multiple persons, the prize money will be allocated in a proportional way to the participants.

Practice-oriented research results are eligible for the Fontys Research Award if they comply with the following distinguishing characteristics:

  • Research projects that have actually been executed in the field by students, teachers and fieldworkers, and/or any combination of students, teachers and fieldworkers.
  • The outstanding results of the research project must be supported by testimonials: users, buyers, recipients, or external participants to the project describe in writing what the impact of the research was in terms of usability, suitability and the improvement of quality.
  • Further options for the publication of the outcome of the research project are:
    - a research as part of the completion and conclusion of the master or bachelor studies
    - a contribution to a (research) congress, e.g. the text of a keynote address or the contribution to a poster session
    - an article in a magazine that ‘is significant as far as nature and content are concerned
    - other publications.

Jury assessment
The jury decision is based on the following assessment criteria:

  • The societal impact
  • The impact on the educational programmes, on the institution, and on Fontys in its entirety
  • The impact on the field of expertise
  • The innovative capacity
  • The collaboration with the professional field, regional knowledge networks;
  • Practicability, implementability, and its established, evident appreciation.

N.B. Linking with TEC for Society is a plus.

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  • Candidates, who have a major impact on the significance of practice-oriented research with respect to current developments, can be nominated for the Fontys Research Award by their management team. The nomination must be accompanied by a comprehensive argumentation, and the personal particulars and position of the nominee.
  • Candidates, who personally present themselves for the Fontys Research Award, must submit a comprehensive argumentation, personal particulars and their position; in addition, they must always hand in a written declaration of support from their managing director.

N.B. Professors, themselves excluded from participating, are requested to actively encourage members of staff and master students to take part.