Research Integrity and Assurance

University Laboratory Safety Award

The ASU Laboratory Safety Committee in partnership with Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is calling for applicants for the annual Laboratory Safety Innovation Award competition to recognize innovative implementation of a research safety program.

The award will recognize an innovative safety program within the research laboratory setting and acknowledge outstanding involvement of a Principal Investigator and support of senior administrators to demonstrate the shared commitment to the safe and responsible conduct of research in a laboratory setting. A single grant award carries a prize of $8,000. Four smaller awards of $500 will be made to those groups demonstrating their commitment to improving their awareness efforts.

Who can apply – The awards are open to all qualifying Principal Investigators who have an ASU Research Lab. A laboratory is defined as a facility or room where the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, biological agents or sources of energy (i.e. lasers, high voltage, radiation, etc.) are used for scientific experimentation, research, or education. Applications must be submitted by the lead Principal Investigator. The application form is available here: HERE.

Award Application Process – The Award Committee, chaired by a tenured faculty member and comprised of members of the Safety Outreach Subcommittee, will review and rank the applications. The successful awardee will have developed and/or implemented an innovative program or process to significantly improve ASU Lab Safety Culture.

Selection Criteria – The innovative program or process should demonstrate a creative change in laboratory safety operation, have the potential for sustainability and be educational. The successful program application will:

  • 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 and compliance safety officer or other who are aware of and can confirm the innovation.
  • Demonstrate that all required institutional training has be completed.
  • Will be current on EH&S Lab Safety Registration and compliance reporting (e.g. IBC, IACUC, IRB)



Call for applications - January 9, 2018
Deadline for submission - February 22, 2018
Final Selection - April 3, 2018
Announcement Reception - April 10, 2018