Franz Edelman Award - 2023 Application Process


Summary of Achievement submission due date

October 1, 2022

Semi-Finalist Notification
October 15, 2022

Verification Phase
October 15-November 14, 2022

Finalist Notification
December 5, 2022

Public Finalist Announcement
by mid-January 2023

Full paper Submission
February 1, 2023

Finalist Rehearsal & Competition
INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Aurora, CO
April 16-17, 2023

Presentations and Award
INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Aurora, CO
April 17, 2023

Reprise by Winning Team
INFORMS Business Analytics Conference, Aurora, CO
April 18, 2023

Winner Reprise Presentation
2023 INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
October 2023

Submit a PDF document containing 3 items:

  • a cover page with the title, authors' names, affiliations and contact information,
  • a 600 character abstract of the achievement, and
  • a summary, (maximum of 1,500 words & use 12-point font text and normal margins) that describes what you accomplished, in just enough detail to let us judge the appropriateness of your work for the competition.

This Summary of Achievement is due by Saturday, October 1, 2022 (11:59pm Eastern).

Entrants will be expected to report on a completed, practical application using operations research, management science, and/or advanced analytics and must describe results that had significant, verifiable and preferably quantifiable impact on the performance of the client organization. The criteria used in judging the entries include the following:

  1. Implementation: Is the work implemented and in use?
  2. Impact/Value: What are the major quantified (e.g., dollars saved, revenue increased, carbon footprint reduction, lives saved) and non-quantified (e.g., process streamlined, customer satisfaction improved) impacts of the work? How important was the work to the client?
  3. Technical Solution: Is there a technical innovation in the project? Innovation may stem from the creation of new methods as well as the application of existing methods to new problems or new environments.
  4. Difficulty: What political, technical, and managerial challenges had to be overcome in completing the project?
  5. Transportability: Is this work portable to other applications or industries?

Meeting criteria 1 and 2 above is essential; the work must have been implemented and resulted in significant benefit. Criteria 3 to 5 are important but finalists need not necessarily be strong in all categories. The competition welcomes entries from every type of organization, worldwide, including business, government, military, healthcare, education, and non-profit.

Semi-finalists will be selected based on the Summary of Achievement document, and will go through a rigorous verification phase consisting of interviews where entrants will be expected to provide details on their work, including a description of the analytic techniques used, client and other high level endorsements, and benefit calculations methodology. Entrants should get any required internal legal and managerial clearances in advance, as necessary, to share this information with the Edelman committee. While information disclosed as part of the application and verification processes will be considered confidential to the committee, if the entry is chosen as a finalist, it is expected that full disclosure of this information, including financial benefits and a description of the analytic techniques, will be permitted via publication of a final paper in the INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics (formerly Interfaces) and during the final presentations.

Finalists work will be published in a future issue of INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics.

Any work you have done in recent years is eligible unless it has already been described by a Franz Edelman Award finalist. Previous publication of the work does not disqualify it. 

The purpose of the competition is to bring forward, recognize, and reward outstanding worldwide examples of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics in practice. The prize is awarded for implemented work, not for a submitted paper or for the presentation describing the work. The client organization that used the winning work receives a prize citation; the authors of the winning work receive a cash award.

See more information on what is expected from competition applicants.  

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2023/2024 Committee Chair:

Rajesh Tyagi, Ph.D.
GE Global Research (Retired)