Call for applications: APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research


Deadline: 1 May 2020


The American Psychological Association Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research recognizes an interdisciplinary research team that includes one or more psychological scientists in major roles and has produced significant scientific work. The team selected for the prize will receive $5000 to help support its continued research.

Interdisciplinary research is becoming increasingly prominent across all areas of science. Research that integrates approaches from more than one field can lead to new insights into complex problems and to the development of novel interventions and technologies.

Such work often requires researchers from varied scientific backgrounds to form collaborative teams. The team members must gain an understanding of a one another’s scientific concepts, methods and cultures, and their individual efforts must be carefully coordinated.

The APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research is the first honor designed specifically for interdisciplinary teams that include psychological scientists. It was developed by APA’s 2016 President Susan McDaniel and the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and is managed by the APA Science Directorate. The prize is given biennially.

Past winners of the APA Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research include the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement

(2016) and the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (2018).


The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) will review applications using the following criteria:

  • The quality and impact of the team’s past research accomplishments.
  • The quality, potential impact, and feasibility of the team’s plans for continued research.
  • The degree to which the value of the team’s research stems from its interdisciplinary characteristics. 

The focus of the review will be on research by the team as a whole. Research by individual members will be considered only as that work informs assessment of the team’s plans for continued research.  Other types of work by the team or its members (training, public education, administration, etc.) will not be considered in the review.

BSA will select no more than one team to receive the prize. BSA may decide not to award any prize, if it determines that no applications meet eligibility requirements or are of sufficient quality. BSA will make its decision by the fall of 2020.  

Any BSA member who has a significant personal connection to a submitted application will not be involved in the review of any applications.


Before the selected team can receive the prize funds of $5000, each current core member will be asked to confirm to APA that they will participate in the continued research described in the application.

The funds will be sent to the PI’s institution for management and dispersal. APA will not pay for any indirect or overhead costs or provide any additional funds.

After one year, the PI will be asked to submit a brief progress report to APA describing how the research funds have been used and what research has been conducted and is planned.

Information about the prize-winning team will be publicized broadly through APA’s news and social media outlets.

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