Presidents' Award of Distinction for Team Science

The Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science, conferred by the Presidents of the academic institutions of the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), recognizes and promotes excellence in multi-disciplinary research teams within the Georgia CTSA. This award will be presented to an outstanding multi-disciplinary research team in recognition of its innovative and impactful research that has, or will likely, advance clinical and translational science and positively impact human health. 

The recipient of the President’s Award of Distinction for Team Science will receive $5,000 towards their team science research program. Teams will be recognized at the 2024 Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Conference (February 28- March 1, 2024).

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

Application Details

Award Eligibility

  1. 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).
  2. 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. 
  3. Research activities must be clinical or translational in nature and make a positive impact on human health.
  4. Teams are not eligible if they have applied to the 2024 Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams.
  5. 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 innovative, high-functioning teamwork and synergy in the narrative. Teams will be evaluated using the following criteria.

Evidence of potential impact on health of individuals or communitiesClinical protocols, population studies, evidence-based policies citing the team’s research outputs, public prizes, membership to advisory councils for civic organizations, trainings for professionals, practice guides, formal guidelines, executive summaries, tool kits, contributions to public debate or appearances as media experts (webinars, podcasts, briefs), development of medical technologies
Evidence of scientific impactUse of team’s research outputs/innovations by peers (e.g., citations, use of the models/methods developed, contribution to theory/modeling methodology or school of thought). Additional evidence may include science prizes or patents, abstracts, publications, or scholarly works at any stage (e.g., submitted, in press, in revision)

Description of high-quality, productive teamwork

Research activities involving 2 or more team members, shared mentoring or advising responsibilities, shared grant applications, shared resources, etc.

Innovation in teamwork

Evidence of novel approaches to ensuring high functioning of the team (e.g., use of team-oriented collaborative tools, development of novel methods for team collaboration)

Interdisciplinary nature of the work

How the interdisciplinary nature of the team was leveraged to accomplish the scientific aims and/or translational impact

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.

Download Template

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.