Call for Papers: IFORS Prize for O.R. in Development

IFORS Prize for O.R. in Development will be awarded during the 20th Triennial conference on “The Art of Modeling” to be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 13-18, 2014.

The winner receives $4,000 and the runner-up receives $ 2,000.

The finalist papers are automatically considered for publication in the IFORS publication, International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR).

The paper should describe a practical O.R. application in a developing country, conducted to assist a specific organization in its decision-making process with regard to education, health and other basic services, water, technology, resource use (physical or financial), infrastructure, agricultural/industrialization or environmental sustainability with original features in methodology or implementation for development in developing countries. The idea is to optimize the development with given constraints and limited resources.

Qualifying papers will be evaluated on the following criteria: problem definition, creativity and appropriateness of approach, MS/OR content, stress on developmental issues, innovative methodology, impact of the study, paper organization and structure, participation of local researchers and quality of written and (if selected as finalist) oral presentation.

If selected to be among the finalists, the entry must be presented by one of the principal authors during the IFORS Triennial Conference to be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 13-18, 2014.

All contributions must be submitted using the submission site, indicating in their cover letters that they are intended for this competition.

Other inquiries should be sent directly to the prize chair Andres Weintraub (

The deadline for submission of a full paper is Nov. 30, 2013. Finalists will be notified by Feb. 28, 2014. The date of presentation is July 14, 2014.yORMS