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University Laboratory Safety Award

University Laboratory Safety Award

Are you making your lab a safer place to work? You could receive up to $8,000 to advance your efforts.

The ASU Laboratory Safety Committee, in partnership with Knowledge Enterprise and Environmental Health and Safety, is calling for applicants to enter the annual Laboratory Safety Innovation Award competition. The competition recognizes innovative implementation of a research safety program and acknowledges outstanding involvement of a principal investigator and support of senior administrators who demonstrate the shared commitment to the safe and responsible conduct of research in a laboratory setting. 

Who can apply 

All qualifying principal investigators who have an ASU research lab may apply for the Sparky Laboratory Safety Award, which includes an $8,000 grant. In addition, graduate or PhD students working in qualified labs are eligible to apply for one of three $700 Lab Safety Culture Awards.

A laboratory is defined as a facility or room where the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, biological agents or sources of energy (e.g., lasers, high voltage, radiation) are used for scientific experimentation, research or education.  

Submit an application.

Selection criteria 

Submit a letter of interest that describes an innovative safety plan that will be implemented in your program or process, including details on how this plan will be implemented and internally evaluated. A detailed description of the plan’s efficacy or program is highly desirable. Include details on how your innovative safety program or process could be shared with other ASU community members to the institutional safety culture.

The applicant/lab must:

  • Be current on EHS Lab Safety Registration and compliance reporting (e.g. IBC, IACUC, IRB).
  • Demonstrate that all required institutional training has been completed.
  • Have developed and/or implemented an innovative program or process to significantly improve ASU lab safety culture.
  • Include details of the innovation safety plan that has been implemented, demonstrate the efficacy of the plan or program, and include how the innovative safety program or process was or can be shared with other ASU community members to improve the culture of safety.
  • Include letters of support by the unit director, compliance safety officers or others who are aware of and can confirm the innovation.


Letter of interest deadline - Oct. 1, 2019
Application deadline - Nov. 1, 2019
Final selection – Nov. 21, 2019
Announcement reception - Dec. 4, 2019

Apply to the Laboratory Safety Innovation Award.

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