Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams

The Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams recognizes and promotes excellence in developing multi-disciplinary research teams within the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA). This award will be presented to a developing (i.e., early-stage) multi-disciplinary research team that demonstrates great potential for innovative and impactful advances in clinical and translational science. 

The recipient of the Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams will receive $2,500 towards their team science research program. Teams will be recognized at the 2024 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference (February 28- March 1, 2024).

Application Deadline: Nominations will be accepted through October 24, 2023.  

Application Details

Award Eligibility

  1. Nominated teams should be early stage. For the purposes of this award, early-stage teams are teams that have come together recently (e.g., within the past 18 months) to begin an interdisciplinary project with strong potential for innovative and impactful advances in clinical translational sciences.
  2. Each research team must have one or more representatives from a Georgia CTSA partner (Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and/or the University of Georgia).
  3. Teams must be multi-disciplinary with representation from at least two different disciplines. In addition, diversity in terms of race, gender, institution, rank, etc. is strongly encouraged. 
  4. Research activities must be clinical or translational in nature with the potential to make a positive impact on human health.
  5. Teams are not eligible if they have applied to the 2024 Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science.
  6. Those who have received this award in the past 3 years are not eligible.


Teams may self-nominate or be nominated by a faculty member or administrator from a Georgia CTSA partner institution by using this template.

The primary criterion for evaluation will be the team’s ability to demonstrate the potential for innovative, high-functioning teamwork and synergy in the narrative. Teams will also be evaluated using the following criteria.  It is not necessary to achieve every criterion, as different teams will have different outcomes.

  • Description of high quality, productive teamwork:  Shared abstracts, publications, or scholarly works at any stage (e.g., submitted, in press, in revision) involving 2 or more team members, shared mentoring responsibilities, shared pilot grant applications, shared resources, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the work
  • Evidence of potential impact on the health of individuals or communities (e.g., pilot work on community-based prevention projects, community or industry partnerships)
  • Innovation in teamwork (e.g., use of team-oriented collaborative tools, development of novel methods for team collaboration)

Submission Instructions

All submissions must use the nomination template and should be emailed to Lauren James. Nominations that do not conform to the template will not be accepted.

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Selection Process

The Executive Council of the Georgia CTSA will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the University Presidents. Questions should be directed to Lauren James

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical research investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory engaged three of its close academic partners - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA) - to form the Georgia CTSA. This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages to research and patients statewide. Learn more about Georgia CTSA.