Call for nominations (closed): the 2017 IFAC Foundation award

This document describes purposes, nomination procedures and selection procedures of the newly established IFAC Foundation Award



Purpose, Funding, and Presentation of the Award

One of the aims of the IFAC Foundation is to promote the awareness and dissemination of the social relevance of automatic control. Beginning with the Congress year 2017, the IFAC Foundation will recognize, with an award, contributions from individuals or group of individuals who, with their work, have shown how Automatic Control science and technology can contribute to significant advances in the broad area of “sustainable development”. This includes work in the areas of renewable and clean energy; management of energy, water and resources in general; control in agriculture, pollution control, climate control or similar. 

The award will be given to high-quality papers submitted and accepted for presentation at the triennial IFAC World Congress. The award is fully funded by the IFAC Foundation.

The winner (or winning team) will receive a medal, a certificate and a monetary prize, at the time of the IFAC World Congress.


Nomination Procedure

Nominations of high-quality papers are solicited for the IFAC Foundation awards. Nominations should be prepared according to the format described below and in the nomination form. Nominators should produce a convincing documentation that explicitly describes the benefits and impacts of the proposed contribution. Nominations may also include reference letters.  If authors choose to self-nominate, they are limited to one such self-nomination.

 Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the IFAC Foundation. All full-length papers, nominated for the IFAC Foundation award, that have been accepted through the normal Congress review process are considered as candidates for the award.


Selection Criteria

The criteria are the highest technical quality and evidence of significant potential future impact on one or more of the fields outlined above. Such criteria include not only the impact and benefits to Society of the work done, as presented at the Congress, but also the paper's technical soundness and research content quality based on the IPC evaluation


Selection Procedure

The IFAC Foundation Board of Trustees will appoint a Selection Committee. This committee will examine all qualifying nominated papers and select a winner. The Selection Committee will report to the IFAC Foundation Board of Trustees, proposing a winner and an alternate. Based on the report of the Selection Committee, the IFAC Foundation Board of Trustees may choose a winner or may choose not to give the award. The winner will be notified jointly by the Chair of the IFAC Foundation Board of Trustees and by the IFAC President.


Format of the Nomination

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the IFAC Foundation website ( A nomination, consisting of the completed nomination form with its supporting documents, should be sent, by e-mail, to the IFAC Foundation ( as one single file (in .pdf format). In accordance with the extension granted to final papers upload for the 2017 World Congress, the deadline for submission of nominations has been shifted to the 7th of April 2017.