University Awards

The University of Texas at Austin recognizes its scholars with many award programs.  Here are a few:

Robert W. Hamilton Book Author Awards Program

The University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Author Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin.

The awards are named in honor of Professor Robert W. Hamilton, the Minerva House Drysdale Regent Chair-Emeritus in Law. Hamilton was chair of the Co-op Board for 12 years, from 1989 to 2001, and was largely responsible for the Co-op's growth and profitability during that period.

A grand prize of $10,000 and three runner-up prizes of $3,000 each are awarded annually.

University Co-op Research Excellence Awards

The University Co-op Research Excellence Awards includes the Career Research Excellence, the Best Research Paper, and the Creative Research Excellence awards. The Career Research Excellence award is given to a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years. The award is accompanied by $10,000.

The Best Research Paper award is given to a faculty member or staff researcher who was the principal or sole author of a peer-reviewed scholarly paper reporting original research that was published in recognized research outlets in his or her field of study. The award is accompanied by $3,000.

The Creative Research Excellence award recognizes extraordinary creative achievement during the calendar year prior to the award date.  The award is accompanied by $3,000.

The Inventor of the Year Award

The Inventor of the Year is chosen on the basis of the significance and novelty of a scientific discovery coupled with the commercial potential of the discovery.  The award has been given each year since 2011 by the Office of Technology Commercialization to recognize the university’s researchers and inventors and the work they perform in their labs.

Texas Ignition Fund

The Texas Ignition Fund (TIF) is a proof-of-concept (POC) grant program designed to stimulate commercialization activities at UT System institutions by providing grants up to $50,000 for the development and maturation of research discoveries into marketable intellectual property.