Research and Creativity Convention Award for the Disciplines

The American University in Cairo values and supports a culture of research, innovation, original thought, and knowledge-sharing. The Research and Creativity Award for the Disciplines, featured in the closing session of the Research and Creativity Convention, is a recognition of an academic department or program that delights in curiosity, wonder, inquiry, and exploration, and advances students’ original research and creative works.

Award Objective

To recognize the research and creativity engagement and accomplishments of a university discipline.


All disciplines (departments, or degree-awarding programs) are eligible for the award.


Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the prize is a formal recognition at the Research and Creativity Convention and a grant award of $25,000 (the equivalent paid in Egyptian Pounds), to be used for further research, innovation and creativity activities.

Assessment Criteria

The winning department demonstrates high performance on all or most of the following criteria:

  • Strategic Plan: The department includes research, innovation, entrepreneurship or creative achievement as a primary goal in its strategic plan.
  • Faculty Leadership: The department faculty members mentor students engaged in research, innovation or creative work, involve students in their own research, create research-intensive courses, and support student public presentation and publication, including department (students, faculty, chair) engagement in the Research and Creativity Convention, and faculty serving as reviewers for the Undergraduate Research Journal (URJe).
  • Administration: The department chair provides advocacy for research and creativity activities, and includes faculty mentoring of student scholars in its promotion and tenure guidelines and criteria.
  • Outcomes Assessment: The department tracks and evaluates student research and/or creativity outcomes.
  • Student Achievement: The department students readily pursue research and/or creativity goals and engage in multiple research-driven activities, including grant-seeking, presentation, publication, creativity exhibitions, and/or entrepreneurship competitions.
  • Community Engagement: The department seeks community partnerships, and seeks opportunities to align its research/creativity/entrepreneurship goals with community needs.
  • Interdisciplinary Connections: The department seeks collaborative connections with other disciplines and promotes interdisciplinary research, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity activities.

Funding goals

The grant award may be used to sponsor research-based activities, covering costs such as:

  • Project supplies or materials
  • Student travel to research and creativity-related events
  • Journal subscriptions
  • Departmental research-related activity organizing
  • Research administrative assistants

Publishing fees

Student stipends (same rate as research assistants).

Funds are disbursed on the first day for the fiscal year for which the award is made.

Reporting and Project Dissemination

Awarded departments are expected to report on the outcomes and expenditures by the end of the fiscal year within which the award was received.

Awarded departments are also expected to present the research/creativity contributions in the following Research and Creativity Convention.

Application Process

Departments and academic programs should send their application form and supporting documents, including testimonials from students and recent alumni, to 

Download application form here.


The deadline for submitting the application portfolio is April 1 of every year.


The award evaluation committee will consist of members from both the University Research Board (URB), the Research and Creativity Convention organizing committee, distinguished professors, alumni, and members of the Parents’ Association.