Submissions are initially reviewed by the CU I&E Program Manager, who will contact the submitter with any questions. The submission is then forwarded to the vetting committee (campus controllers, campus deputy controllers, and the University Controller).

Submissions that pass vetting are posted on the CU I&E website.

At the end of the program period, the vetting committee again reviews all posted submissions in order to identify a group of semifinalists.


Semifinalists will be notified by Monday, March 19, 2018, and will be asked to participate in three recognition activities as part of the awards determination process:

  • a short video interview (conducted by Office of University Controller staff during March 20-30, 2018);
  • a call-in question-and-answer period (on Monday, April 16, 2018); and,
  • a demo table at the CU I&E Exposition and Awards Ceremony (conducted at 1800 Grant Street, Denver, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018).

Award recipients are decided by the larger voting body. This group is composed of the vetting committee, the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, the Director of the Office of Policy and Efficiency, and the Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

Exposition & Awards Ceremony 

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the annual CU Innovation & Efficiency Exposition & Awards Ceremony. The Expo will be held this year on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Timeline for 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (11:59 p.m. MST): Deadline for submissions for the 2018 program year

Monday, March 19, 2018: Semifinalists are notified.

March 20-30, 2018: Office of University Controller staff conducts short video interviews with semifinalists.

Monday, April 16, 2018: Semifinalists participate in call-in Q&A sessions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Semifinalists demo their submissions/respond to audience questions at the CU I&E Exposition & Awards Ceremony at 1800 Grant Street. All employees are invited to attend this event. Awards are presented at the conclusion of the Expo,