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Research Prize in Public Interest Communications

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
Individuals for Research on Social Change Issues

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University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 5:00 PM ET


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Prizes of $1,500 and one prize 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 two years and has been published or is intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal may be submitted for this prize.

Three prizes will be awarded for research that either:

- Contributes to the understanding of the field as a unique discipline
- Offers insight that can improve the effectiveness of public interest communications practice
- Details a specific public interest communications campaign, including analysis of the reasons for its success or failure
- Explores evaluative measures
- Documents specific ways in which public interest communications differs from similar disciplines
- Provides insight on how to communicate effectively

Public interest communications is a growing discipline that uses science-based, strategic communications to drive positive social change on issues like education, better health and climate change. Research may come from any discipline, and will be judged by its relevance to using communications to driving social change. Work from previous entrants has come from the disciplines of public relations, sociology, psychology and political science, though future submissions are by no means limited to those disciplines.

Examples of effective public interest communications include campaigns to change behavior such as reducing smoking, increasing seatbelt use, and inserting the concept of the designated driver into American culture, but also include efforts focused on policy change and activism.

Submissions will be judged based on demonstration of the following:

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

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GrantWatch ID#: 160540

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The college will award one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes.

Term of Contract:

All research submitted should have been completed within the past two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only completed research intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or research that has already appeared in a peer-reviewed journal may be submitted for this prize.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Dates for 2019 prize:
-Submissions close December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET.
-Finalists will be announced before the end of the year.

Presenting at frank 2019

The top three papers will be presented at frank gathering, Feb. 5-8, 2019. 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 are welcome to co-present or split presentation requirements in some cases.

Note: This is not a traditional academic conference. The conference takes place in the historic Hippodrome Theater in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Other speakers include strategists, activists, artists, journalists and scholars.

The conference registration fee will be waived and hotel rooms will be provided. The winners will be expected to cover their own airfare and other expenses through their award funds.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions about the prize should be directed to Annie Neimand at

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