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  • Eligible applicants include for-profit, small businesses with 500 employees or less* that are owned and operated in the state of Texas.

    We especially encourage submissions from minority-owned or disadvantaged businesses in Texas.

    *These criteria follow the small-business size requirement established for the SBIR and STTR programs of the U.S. Small Business Association as outlined in 13 C.F.R. ยง 121.702(c).

  • Anyone can submit a nomination for a business!

    Businesses are welcome to self-nominate and interested community members can also nominate a business. 

    Important note - if you are submitting a nomination for a business in your community (i.e., you are not self-nominating) please let the business know we will be reaching out to them for additional details. 

  • You are welcome to nominate as many businesses as you like! Please keep in mind, however, that you can only submit one nomination per business. 

  • Award recipients will be highlighted in a multi-faceted way including various media items & a showcase:

    1. Featured at the GRIT Showcase in March 2023 (all nominees will be invited to attend the showcase) 

    2. Highlighted in Translational Health Research Center articles to share their stories of resilience 

    3. Invited to a network of small businesses to share & learn best practices for growing businesses in Texas (all nominees will be invited to join) 

  • The nominated business will be invited to join a network of businesses to share best practices and invited to attend the GRIT Awards Showcase in March 2023.

  • Nominations will be assessed and ranked using five metrics of resilience: preparedness, adaptability, collaboration, trustworthiness, and responsibility.

  • Throughout the past two years, we have watched as Texas businesses demonstrated significant resilience adapting to, recovering from, and learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The first-annual GRIT Awards aim to recognize this resilience.

    For profit, small businesses located in Texas are encouraged to self nominate and share their stories of resilience. We especially encourage applications from minority-owned or disadvantaged businesses. See eligibility requirements for details.

    Stories of resilience might include adaptations to business as usual or recovery efforts in response to the pandemic, natural disasters, or other significant events. Businesses whose stories inspire and exemplify resilience will be recognized with a GRIT Award.

  • We do! Please email Jessica Schneider to receive access to the media toolkit. 

  • We are happy to help answer any questions you may have. Please email Jessica Schneider, Director of Resilience Research, with your question and she will get back to you as soon as possible.