Back of the Envelope Awards

Back to the Envelope Awards

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Eliot

The Back of the Envelope Awards© are a mechanism to stimulate and support creativity at the School of Public Health that leads to the next generation of intellectual excellence and productivity. These awards allow a faculty member the time to more fully explore and develop a hunch, a notion, or an "Ah-ha" moment. Time well spent could lead to a new line of inquiry, new collaborations, a novel educational plan/program, a dead end, or a Black Swan, outcomes that are at once unpredictable and therefore worthy of support. To date Back of the Envelope Awards© have garnered more than $4 million in new grants, one patent, and more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Applicants must be a full time faculty member at the School.

How to apply: Applications must be submitted on the back of a number 10 white envelope, either typed or handwritten. Name and phone number should be on the opposite side of the envelope. The application should include the necessary and relevant detail to allow a panel of judges to make appropriate determinations of merit. No supporting documents, references, or budget are permitted. Only one envelope should be submitted; copies will be made as needed by the Dean's Office. More than one application per faculty are allowed.

Faculty are encouraged to submit applications that will explore a research idea and ideas for new approaches to public health education.

Applications will be reviewed by a blinded and independent external panel of scholars with experience and expertise in public health. If additional information is required, the request will be made through the Dean's Office.

Awards: Up to four Back of the Envelope Awards© will be made. The amount of the awards will be determined after selection of the recipients has been made, but will be sufficient to get the proposed work done.

2014 Back of the Envelope Awards Information

Applications should be slipped under the Dean's Office door (140 Ryals) no later than 5:00 PM Friday, October 31, 2014. The announcement of awards will be made no later than Monday, December 1, 2014.

Recipients will be recognized at an award reception scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014 in the Atrium at The Edge of Chaos. Recipients of 2013 Back of the Envelope Awards© will present their work during award reception.

Questions and inquires should be directed to Max Michael, MD (



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