Dean's Innovation Award

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Innovation Award recognizes and acknowledges creative and innovative programs and ideas submitted by individual college faculty and/or staff, or by teams, that generate new revenue for the college or increase the efficiency of college operations resulting in cost savings. This will be an annual award.

A monetary award of up to $2,500 will be given to the individual or team selected as the winner to be used by their unit.

Any full-time merit, P&S or faculty currently employed at the College of Veterinary Medicine are eligible to participate and receive the award for their department. Innovative ideas can be submitted by an individual or a team. There is no limit on the number of innovations that can be submitted.


  • Submission Period Begins: May 1, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • Award Announcement: 2019 CVM Convocation

Submission Form
Download an editable pdf of the Dean’s Innovation Award Submission Form

Submission Process

  •  All entries should be submitted to Lisa Sebring in the Office of the Dean by July 15, 2019, so they can be reviewed by the Executive Cabinet.
  • The innovative ideas should fall outside the standard job expectations for the individual or team, i.e. it shouldn’t be something they’re already expected to do as part of existing responsibilities.
  • If additional ideas are submitted that are innovative ways to generate revenue or save money, but for example may not meet all the eligibility criteria, they may be recognized as an Innovative Ideas with Promise. These will be considered for future implementation, and may be awarded a monetary prize at the Executive Cabinet’s discretion.
  • All submissions should include a description of the innovation, the estimated monetary impact it has or is having on the college.
  • All submissions must use the award template that is available on VetZone. Award submissions will be judged by the CVM Executive Cabinet, who will determine the final amount of the award based upon the details listed in the submission.  The savings or revenue must be larger than the award amount (maximum $2,500).
  • Ideas will be judged upon these criteria:
    • Impact (50%)
      • What was the monetary impact to the college?
      • Are there potential extensions that could generate additional revenue or savings in the long term?
      • Is it sustainable over time, or is it a one-time impact?
    • Practicality of implementation (20%)
      • How easy was it to implement?
      • Did it require additional funding to implement (if so, how did this cost impact the overall revenue or savings)?
      • Were there any risks associated with implementation?
    • Mission alignment (5%)
      • How does it align with the college’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach?
    • Ability to measure savings (10%)
      • How was the financial impact measured?
    • Originality (5%)
      • Is it new or a significant variation of an existing idea?
      • Is it unique to the college?
      • Did this impact change within the organization?  If so, how?
    • Applicability (5%)
      • Can it be replicated elsewhere for additional savings/revenue?
    • Award Funding (5%)
      • ​How will this monetary award be used to further the impact of this innovation?

2018: Core Pathology Core Service, Department of Veterinary Pathology
2017: Department of Biomedical Sciences (Dr. Michael Lyons and William Robertson): "Utilizing Human Anatomy Lab in Undergraduate Courses"
2017: Dr. Karen Harmon, Avanti Sinha, Sarah Bade and Laura Bradner: "Development of Custom Reagents to Use for Diagnostic PCR Assays"
2016: Department of Biomedical Sciences: "1-Year Non-Thesis Masters Program"
2015: Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center: "Overtime Management System"
2014: Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital: "Online Anesthesia Scheduler"