New from APS: Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Poster Award at APS 2020

Bring your research to bear on understanding how people bring ideas to life

APS is pleased to announce a new award to recognize and encourage integrative research in the area of entrepreneurship, broadly conceived.

With the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Poster Award is intended to stimulate research in entrepreneurship, which is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business venture, along with any of its risks, in the pursuit of opportunity and innovation. (”Business” can mean a for-profit or nonprofit enterprise such as a startup web platform, retail operation, or service or product provider, among other things.)

There are many ways psychological science can be applied to entrepreneurship research. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about ways that their work could be brought to bear on understanding and encouraging successful entrepreneurship. Previous research in this area has focused on topics such as: practical intelligence, or “street smarts,” and its impacts on taking advantage of potential opportunities; the effects of cognitive biases on decision-making; and factors underlying motivation and passion. Additional research opportunities exist in the study of topics such as social and personality characteristics of entrepreneurs; cognitive underpinnings of financial decision-making; perceptions of risk and risk-taking; diversity and entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship within the larger context of industry and organizations, human factors in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and societal impacts, and more.

How to Apply

Two $1,500 awards will be given, one to a student scientist and one to an early-career scientist. Awardees will also receive complimentary registration to APS 2020 and special recognition at the Convention.

APS Members can apply for this award when submitting their poster presentation for the 32nd APS Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, USA, held May 21-24, 2020. Applicants should follow the instructions under the “Psychological Science and Entrepreneurship Award” heading in the APS Call for Submissions.

For more information and to apply, please visit the APS Call for Submissions. The poster submission deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.

For more information about eligibility and criteria, see below.


Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be either a current undergraduate or graduate student, OR an early-career scholar, defined as having received their PhD in 2013 or more recently
  • Applicants must be the first author on the submitted poster
  • Applicants must have no current existing financial relationship with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Awardees must be APS Members
  • Awardees must present their poster at APS 2020 in Chicago, IL

Criteria for Award

  • Relevance to the broad study of psychological science and entrepreneurship. Awardees do not currently need to be working on the topic of entrepreneurship but are asked to describe the potential relevance of their research to this area.
  • Scholarly contribution to existing knowledge, application, or practice

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