The Interdisciplinary Research Team Award recognizes an interdisciplinary team that has demonstrated a noteworthy record (i.e., publications, grants, workshops, etc.) of collaboration to address significant, grand challenges facing agriculture, the environment, or society. Collaborative teams must consist of at least three faculty (with a minimum of two having research appointments) representing a diversity of disciplinary expertise. Teams may self-nominate or be nominated.

Who can submit a nomination for this award?

  • Anyone can nominate a team for this award. Self-nominations are permitted and welcomed.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Integrated teams must be able to demonstrate success and accomplishments in translating research into outputs for dissemination and implementation through applied research-based activities that resulted in partnerships and engagement across the college and beyond.
  • Must include at least one faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track) with a research appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences AND at least one Penn State Extension full-time personnel (e.g., faculty member with an extension appointment, research associate and/or educator).

Nomination Requirements

Nomination Letter

  • Provide a nomination letter (2-page maximum) that addresses the following criteria:

    • What is the central challenge being addressed by the integrated approach?
    • Describe the significance of the challenge and potential for scientific advancement and public benefit
    • How and when did your team form (what was the motivating factor)? Has the team evolved since it was initially formed?
    • What are the innovative strategies, tools, or methods you have employed to integrate the research and extension members of the team?
    • What innovative approaches has the team employed to engage stakeholders in the team’s activities? Identify audiences who are not traditionally targeted
    • How has your team responded to any challenges, setbacks, or barriers in working collaboratively?

Evidence of Teamwork

  • Provide a team CV that outlines evidence of team collaboration and integration in outputs, including but not limited to the following:

    • Research publications, organized research events or activities (workshops, symposia, speaker series, etc.), shared mentoring of graduate students or postdocs
    • Integrated extramural funding proposals
    • Extension publications, events or activities, other deliverables created and/or points of engagement for dissemination of information and education

Nomination Deadline

Friday, September 16, 2022


Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802