Nomination & Selection Guidelines

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The 2014 Enrico Fermi Award Nomination Guidelines

The Enrico Fermi Award is bestowed by the President of the United States to an individual or individuals of international stature in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, engineering, and/or management achievements related to the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs.  The Fermi Award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

A Fermi Award recipient receives:

  • A citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy;
  • A gold-plated medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi; and
  • A $50,000 honorarium (if there is more than one laureate named, the honorarium is shared equally).

Guidelines

The Enrico Fermi Award recognizes excellence in science and technology relevant to DOE’s missions; shows appreciation to scientists, engineers, and science policymakers who have given unstintingly to advance DOE-relevant science and technology; and serves to inspire people of all ages through the examples of Enrico Fermi, and the Fermi Award laureates who followed in his footsteps, to explore and open new scientific and technological realms.

  • The Fermi Award is given for distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs.
  • The achievements must be identifiable as lasting, impactful, and substantial.
  • Only living nominees will be considered.
  • The Fermi Award is not limited to U.S. citizens.
  • The Fermi Award is not limited to researchers whose work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (or its predecessor agencies).

Nomination

Nomination is made by a letter of justification, a curriculum vitae, a bibliography of significant publications*, letters of support and a suggested citation. Submission of all nomination materials, including letters of support, in PDF format, is made online at http://www.orau.gov/fermi/External link. The online nomination system will request uploading all required nomination materials, which include:

  • A letter of justification.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A bibliography of significant publications*.
  • At least three and not more than six letters of support from individuals familiar with the work.
  • A suggested citation, thirty-five words or less, summarizing and highlighting the nominee’s achievement.

Past nominations are active through three review cycles, provided that the nominee continues to fulfill all eligibility requirements. Nominations may be updated while active. If the nominee has not been selected after the third review cycle, a new nomination may be submitted. A new user account is required for each award cycle (year), to either create a new nomination, or to update a prior cycle active nomination. For either case, please establish an account, and follow the guidance provided on the nomination system web pages (http://www.orau.gov/fermi/External link).

Nomination Deadline

All nomination materials and support letters for the 2014 Enrico Fermi Award must be received by July 31, 2014, 5:00 PM, ET. No materials will be accepted after the submission deadline has passed.

Additional Information

For additional information please visit: http://www.science.energy.gov/fermi/.

Questions about the Enrico Fermi Award may be addressed to: james.glownia@science.doe.gov. Dr. Glownia may be reached at (301) 903-2411.

Fermi Award Assessment Criteria, Merit Review, and Selection

The Fermi Award is given for distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs:

  • The achievements must be identifiable as lasting, impactful and substantial.
  • Only living nominees will be considered.
  • The Fermi Award is not limited to U.S. citizens.
  • The Fermi Award is not limited to scientists whose work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (or its predecessor agencies).

Assessment Criteria

The award is given for outstanding contributions and achievements that are particularly distinguished and demonstrate scientific, technical, management or policy leadership related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs. Such contributions and achievements (i) must show significant innovation and discovery; (ii) must be identifiable as lasting, impactful and substantial; and (iii) must demonstrate prominent scientific, technical, management or policy leadership. The nominees will be assessed using the following criteria:

1) Scientific and/or technical merit and impact of the discovery or innovation:

Consider, for example, the influence that the achievement has had on the direction, progress, and thinking in relevant scientific and technological fields of research and/or mission area. How has the achievement generated and fostered new valuable results or solved a critical outstanding problem; how does the significance of the scientific/technical innovation and originality rank with respect to its field; is the work identifiable as lasting, impactful and substantial; does it provide leadership and broad benefit; what impact has the contribution had on DOE mission areas and how is it related to the DOE and its components?

and/or, 2) Management and/or policy impact of the achievement:

Consider, for example, the influence that the achievement has had on the management and/or the scientific policy formulation for research and/or mission area, especially when accompanied by important scientific and technological contributions. Does it provide lasting leadership and broad benefit; what impact has the contribution had on DOE mission areas and how is it related to the DOE and its components? How has the nominee inspired others through their unstinting dedication or service?

3) Performance metrics supporting the significance and quality of the nominee’s achievement:

Consider, for example, the impact, quantity and quality of the body of cited work, patents, or widespread application that directly resulted from the nominee’s achievement. Has the achievement been recognized by peers through other notable awards or accolades received by the nominee or others working in the same or related discipline?

Merit Review

To be considered, a nominee must meet all eligibility criteria and have a nomination package comprising all required materials. To assess eligibility, a review of all nomination packages will be conducted by the Office of Science, Fermi Award Program Manager (or designee). Only those nominees meeting all requirements will be advanced for merit review. The nomination materials uploaded and received through the electronic submission process will provide the sole basis for the review.

The nomination materials for all eligible nominees will be objectively studied by an independent peer review panel and if worthy candidate(s) are identified in the peer review; a selection recommendation based upon these findings will be forwarded to the Secretary of Energy. If the Secretary approves the recommendation, a request for any awardees will be made to the President of the United States, who holds final discretion over the selection(s).

The merit review will comprise a thorough, consistent, and objective examination of eligible applicants based on pre-established criteria by persons, selected by Federal Officials, to serve as evaluators.  These evaluators must be independent of the nominees, must comply with all applicable DOE rules or directives concerning the use of outside evaluators, and shall be established leaders in the topical communities relevant to the award. The reviewers are not empanelled as a Federal Advisory Committee. The identity of all reviewers shall remain anonymous, and all nomination and review materials shall remain confidential. All merit reviewers serve as evaluators and their recommendations are not binding. Each nominee will be evaluated by no fewer than three reviewers. Based upon the assessment criteria, the merit reviewers shall document each nominee’s strengths and weaknesses and express reservations or qualifications, as necessary. As part of their evaluation, each reviewer shall also provide their overall individual assessment of the nominees in the form of a rank ordering. The reviewers must utilize PeerNet® to document their findings and when making their evaluations. After the members of the review panel have completed their initial evaluations, the DOE program official responsible for the merit review will convene a meeting of the reviewers, as a panel, to discuss their findings. The review panel will not have a chairperson.  During this meeting, the worthiness of each and every nominee is discussed by all conflict free merit reviewers. At the conclusion of the meeting, the members of the review panel will have an opportunity to revise their individual evaluations, if appropriate. A panel wide process to achieve a consensus nominee ranking shall not be permitted. Reviewers with a conflict of interest may not participate in the merit review of a nominee. DOE employees must comply with regulations governing conduct of employees codified in 10 CFR Part 1010 and Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch at 5 CFR Part 2635.

Selection

Federal Officials will review the nomination packages and the reviewer’s final evaluations, summarize each reviewer’s independent evaluation of, and recommendation regarding, the nominations submitted. Federal Officials will prepare a detailed analysis summarizing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each nominee provided by each reviewer. Using this analysis, Federal Officials will prepare a Selection Statement identifying those nominees, if any, being recommended for the award. The Selection Statement will document the rationale supporting the recommendations. The selection of any awardees is made first at the discretion of the Secretary of Energy, with final selection at the discretion of the President of the United States. DOE employees must comply with regulations governing conduct of employees codified in 10 CFR Part 1010 and Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch at 5 CFR Part 2635.

Preparation of Nomination Materials

The nomination materials should convey a clear and concise message of worthiness (in the context of the assessment criteria) to the review committee. Make certain that the factual content of the materials can readily be used to conduct a clear, uniform, objective and unbiased review.  It is useful to clearly identify how the nominee’s achievement is related to the DOE and its components. The submitted nomination materials will provide the sole basis for the reviews. Please note that detailed contact information for the authors selected to submit supporting letters is required when making the online nomination application. 

Justification Letter

In the nomination justification letter, please make clear, as concretely as possible, the major achievements that the candidate has produced and what their subsequent impact has been, especially in the context of the assessment criteria. Please outline the candidate's major scientific, technological, management and or policy achievements and describe where and how they have provided leadership and impact that is related to the DOE and its components. Since the submission of letters is made using the online system, the specific addressee used may be generic, and is left to the discretion of the author.

Supporting Letters

In the context of the assessment criteria, the supporting letters should expand upon, provide additional detail or add perspective to the justification letter, as appropriate. Please substantiate and reinforce the nomination justification letter’s statements regarding the major scientific, technological, management and/or policy achievements, and describe where and how they have provided leadership and impact that is related to the DOE and its components. Briefly identifying how you know the nominee and their work is also beneficial.  Since the submission of letters is made using the online system, the specific addressee used may be generic, and is left to the discretion of the author.

Citation

The 35-word citation should make clear the specific reason for making this award to the nominee. The award citation may be based on this statement.

Curriculum Vitae

A nominee’s curriculum vitae should include:

  • Nominee's employment background and history, including positions held.
  • Nominee's academic background.
  • Nominee's professional honors.
  • Nominee’s record of professional, government and service activities including roles and responsibilities.
  • Nominee's record of principal publications.
  • Nominee's other significant and relevant contributions (e.g., invited talks, patents, policy initiatives, testimony, scientific and technological management, etc.).

Additional Information

For additional information please visit: http://www.science.energy.gov/fermi/.

Questions about the Enrico Fermi Award may be addressed to: james.glownia@science.doe.gov. Dr. Glownia may be reached at (301) 903-2411.

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