2022 CU Innovation and Efficiency Awards program launches

March 31 is deadline for entries in competition, which offers cash awards
By Staff

For better or for worse, COVID has irrevocably altered the way we work. For better, it has shown us how resourceful and adaptable we can be when confronted with extraordinary circumstances, and although the transition to remote work was not without its challenges, the administrative transformation was remarkably seamless.

Last year, the Office of University Controller’s CU Innovation and Efficiency program featured several prize-winning submissions showing how our employees came together to tackle problems and work smarter in this largely remote work environment. Whether it was automating the billing process for sponsored projects, arranging for remote medical consultations, or taking an elaborate computing environment to the cloud, we proved that we could rise to the occasion and make good things happen quickly.

Now that we’re almost two years into the pandemic, we’d like to hear from others who have come up with unique takes on advancing remote – or any – business processes.

The 2022 CU Innovation and Efficiency program recently kicked off with an updated website and submission form, as well as a somewhat condensed timeline. This year’s submission period will end March 31, after which we’ll begin the difficult process of selecting semi-finalists, and ultimately our five winners.

Those five winners will receive cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 (all subject to taxes and withholding). Our goal is to have the winners announced and to hold an expo (remote or otherwise) before the end of the fiscal year June 30.

Read more about the program at CU Innovation & Efficiency Awards | University of Colorado.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your submissions system-wide with our CU colleagues.

-- Office of University Controller