Outstanding Applied Research Award


To recognize outstanding contributions to applied research on religion from both academic and non-academic settings. It will be awarded to RRA members, not academic units, denominational offices, or other organization types.


Submissions can include solo-authored or co-authored books, peer-reviewed articles, or research project reports by current RRA members. A book, article, or report may be nominated by its author or by any other RRA member if they deem it to be of outstanding quality. Individual RRA members may nominate at most one book, article, or report. Nominated publications or projects must have been presented at an RRA Annual Meeting or must be on the program for the next RRA Annual Meeting. Eligible books, articles, and reports should have been published or released in the previous three years.


The committee will evaluate each submission using four criteria:

  • Implications for and impact on religious communities, leaders, and practitioners – implications and practical impact should be clear and evident throughout the submission
  • Accessibility – the extent to which people can find, understand, and use the research
  • Research quality – sound methodology, research design, and adherence to ethical guidelines
  • Innovation – the advancement of applied religion research in new topics and approaches or new contextualization and applications of past or current topics

The nominator should address each of these criteria in his or her nomination letter.


The award will be presented at the annual meeting. It includes a certificate and $500. Procedure: Nomination letters must be submitted in electronic format by April 1 to committee chair Dr. Patricia Wittberg at pwittber@iupui.edu. RRA members who have received a nomination will be notified and must share with the committee a copy of their book, article, or report as well as a 2-page CV focusing their work over the past three years no later than April 15, 2023. Mailing/transmittal of books is the responsibility of the publisher and the author. Notification date is June 30.