Gaver Early Career Application Process

Submit your 2021 Gaver Early Career Submission Here

Submission Deadline Extended: July 9, 2021 -11:59 pm eastern (original deadline July 5, 2021) 

Important Dates

April - June

  •  Call for entries. Emails to include but not limited to: Junior Faculty Group, Minority Issues Group, Women in ORMS, ACORD, CIEDH, OR/MS Today, and other media outlets.


  • Submission period closes 16 weeks prior to the Annual Meeting
  • Winner announced to INFORMS staff by 8 weeks prior to the Annual Meeting
  • Chair will notify the winner (and nominator).
  • Staff will notify the non-winning applicants (and nominators).

October/November (at the Annual Meeting)

  • Winner is presented with a plaque and monetary prize at Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony.


To be eligible for the Gaver Award, applicants must:

  1. Be within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. and hold a tenure-track academic appointment.
  2. Demonstrate creative and diverse work in the field of OR.
  3. Must be a member of INFORMS.

Application Process

To be eligible for the Gaver Award, the following material must be submitted:

  1. A self-reflection two-page description in English that provides evidence of creative and diverse (innovative) work in operations research, including successful collaboration with individuals outside the applicant’s home institution.
  2. Current CV (maximum four pages)
  3. Letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair, which must also verify the year of the applicant’s Ph.D. and documentation of the applicant’s tenure-track academic appointment.
  4. One additional letter of support.

Judging Criteria

Judges will select the winning entry on the basis of:

  1. The individual's demonstrated creative and diverse contributions to OR/MS research. Examples could include publications, descriptions of impact of research to influence practice and/or policies, identification of new research directions via funded proposals or new partnerships.
    • OR/MS research will be judged on three dimensions:
      • Potential Impact of work to influence the body of knowledge, practice, and/or policies.
      • Creativity – level of originality or novelty of the research 
      • Diversity of OR/MS research, which can be defined as diversity of research methodologies, and/or application domains
  2. The individual’s demonstrated contributions to disseminating OR/MS knowledge. Examples could include teaching effectiveness, mentorship of students, dissemination of knowledge to practice, and development of innovative educational materials.
  3. Evidence of successful collaboration with scholars outside the individual’s home institution and potential for growth through collaboration.