The NRTC Research & Training Utilization Award

The National Research & Training Center (NRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University has established The NRTC Research & Training Utilization Award. The purpose of this award is to identify and recognize individuals who have used products/information from the NRTC’s NIDRR-funded research projects to improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Two awards will be offered annually: first place will receive a $500 award and second place will receive a $250 award. The awards will be given to individuals who have used the NRTC’s research, training products and activities, or information to provide new or improved services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Selection criteria will be based on applications and practices that have had the most substantial or widest impact on the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Award recipients may be featured on the NRTC web site and/or in the NRTC’s newsletter. Applications will be accepted at any time, but must be received by May 31, 2013 to be considered for this year’s award. Annual review of applications will occur in June, for applications received between June 1 (of the preceding year) and May 31.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Winners will be recognized for their contributions and commended for their contributions to the field.
  • Improvements in services and research for people who are blind or visually impaired need to be readily available and widely known to as many organizations and people as possible in order to make an impact on the largest number of people with visual impairments.
  • Being aware of new practices or models may stimulate other practitioners or researchers to extend beneficial practices to new situations or with new groups of consumers.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any rehabilitation service delivery professional that provides services directly to people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Any rehabilitation administrator who performs organizational functions that can impact the services delivered to people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Any person who has used NRTC research in practice or in the conduction of their own research.

How Do You Apply?

  • Click here to fill out the online application form. Be sure to be as specific and thorough as possible.

For questions contact:
Jacqui Bybee
NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision
P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-7824
jbybee@colled.msstate.edu