FY24 Research Spot Awards Program

The Spot Awards program at UC Berkeley allows supervisors, managers, and other campus individuals to recognize special projects and accomplishments of PPSM non-represented and CX represented staff employees during the period of May 1, 2023 through April 30, 2024.

Please submit nominations for Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) unit staff employees only using the online Research Spot Awards nomination form. To prevent delays, ensure that you have communicated with the nominee's supervisor prior to your submission; supervisors will receive an email request to approve the nomination.

Nomination Period Deadlines:
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The Research Spot Award Review Committee and an internal VCRO panel will review and process Spot Award nominations. The panel will make final decisions on all nominations within a few weeks after each submission deadline. The VCRO will notify Managers, Supervisors and Nominators of employees who have received an award. Award packets will be emailed to managers, and checks will be processed for the respective pay cycle end dates.

Please send questions to vcrohr@berkeley.edu.

See the People and Culture website for complete details on campus eligibility criteria.  Nominees for VCRO Spot Awards must have a home department that falls under the Research division.  Questions regarding employee eligibility can be addressed to vcrohr@berkeley.edu or your BRS HR Partner.

Who is eligible?  Staff employees who:

•Are employed in PPSM (PSS or MSP) titles or in the Clerical (CX) bargaining unit (staff in academic or other represented titles are not eligible),
•Have successfully completed their probationary period, if applicable,
•Are on active, or approved leave status,
•Received a “meets expectations” or better overall performance rating in the last year (for PPSM employees who participate in Achieve Together, they must have received scores of “well done” or “stand out” for all achievement criteria in their final spring 2023 check-in period)
•Managers and supervisors who meet the eligibility criteria may be nominated, however, the VC Research Office requires that they have completed the Berkeley People Management (BPM) Part 1- Grow Today Series training prior to award payout. 

Who is not eligible:

•Academic employees (faculty, researchers, specialists, academic coordinators, postdocs,  etc.),
•Graduate and undergraduate students (unless they are working in an eligible PPSM or CX employee title),
•Senior Management Group (SMG) members.  

* Note that if you want to recognize or nominate a Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) staff member, please contact their respective Regional Director.

The campus uses the Berkeley ‘Achieve Together’ Achievement Criteria as the basis for assessing Spot Award nomination accomplishments.  Nominations should articulate how the employee stood out in at least one of the five criteria:

•Goal Accomplishment
•Inclusion and Belonging
•Job Mastery 

Useful Links:

Research Spot Awards Online Nomination Form
UC Berkeley Spot Awards
Berkeley Achieve Together Criteria
Achieve Together Criteria Quick Guide