The FMD-ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research (US$5000) was established in 2005 to distinguish social scientists whose work has advanced knowledge in the social sciences by crossing disciplinary boundaries and recombining different specialised subject fields in their research or writing.
Nominations for the prize can be made by ISSC members or other professional associations in various disciplines, as well as by universities and academic institutions. The selection of a winner is made by an international jury of scholars.
The first FMD-ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research was awarded to David E. Apter, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Political and Social Development, Yale University. The award was presented at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9 November 2006. On receiving the award Professor Apter gave an address to the joint General Assemblies of the ISSC and the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH).