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Research Prize in Public Interest Communications

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160540

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Awards of $1,500 and one award of $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals to recognize exceptional research on social change issues in any related field. Research that has been completed within the past three years and has been published or is intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal may be submitted for this prize.

The College awards three prizes for research that provides insights that:

  1. Inform aspects of social change campaigns to drive belief or behavior change
  2. Builds understanding of narrative as a strategy for change
  3. Can help practitioners overcome pressing communications challenges, i.e. misinformation, polarization, movement building, etc.
  4. Support the work of social and environmental movements
  5. Contributes to understanding of the Public Interest Communications as a unique discipline
  6. Offers insight that can improve the effectiveness of communications practice, from how the human mind experiences and prefers information, and forms judgments and beliefs, to what motivates people to take action or change their behavior.
  7. Details a specific public interest communications campaign, including analysis of the reasons for its success or failure
  8. Explores evaluative measures

Research may come from any discipline and will be judged by its relevance for use in driving social change through communication. Work from previous entrants has come from diverse disciplines, including public health, communication, sociology, social psychology, neuroscience and political science, though future entires are by no means limited to those disciplines.

A review board made up of academic scholars and public interest communications practitioners will review entries and vote for the top three papers based on the following criteria:

  1. Sophistication, originality and rigor of research methodology
  2. Relevance of the research findings to the study and practice of public interest communications
  3. Contribution to the understanding of public interest communications as a unique form of communications

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only research that has already appeared in or has been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal in the last three years may be entered for this prize. All research entered should have been completed within the past three years.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to Upload: November 13, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET

The top three papers will be presented to the frank community. Finalists will participate in a coaching session to help them prepare their content and their visuals for their presentations during frank.

The prize is designed to be an opportunity for scholars to gain hands-on science communication training from leading communication practitioners in the field. The audience, made up of 300 funders, nonprofit organizations, activists and scientists, provides a unique opportunity to build science communication experience and connect with a community eager to learn and apply your work.

This experience is designed to prepare you to communicate your work to a non-academic audience and develop communication insights that can be useful in applying for grants. Past prize finalists and winners have also made strong connections and partnerships with the frank community that have resulted in funded research projects, consulting opportunities and insights for future research.

Finalists will be required to attend the conference. Co-authors may present in place of lead authors.

The conference registration fee is waived for prize finalists. Conference organizers work with the winners to discuss specifications for their presentations.

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The Center awards one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes.

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Questions about the prize should be directed to Annie Neimand, research director, Center for Public Interest Communications at

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