Franz Edelman Award - 2021 Application Process


Summary of Achievement submission due date
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Finalist announcement
Monday, January 4, 2021

Full paper submission
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Finalist presentation rehearsal
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & O.R., Orlando, Florida
Sunday, April 11, 2021

Presentations and award
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & O.R., Orlando, Florida
Monday, April 12, 2021

First prize author keynote address
2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting
October 24 - 27, 2021, Anaheim, California

Submit a document containing a three page summary (a maximum of 1500 words) that describes what you accomplished, in just enough detail to let us judge the appropriateness of your work for the competition. Include a cover page with the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a 60-word abstract of the achievement. We require that the document be submitted electronically as a pdf file that is up to four pages long (use 12-point font text and normal margins). This Summary of Achievement due by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Click here to submit your application.

Entrants will be expected to report on a completed, practical application 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) 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.

For more detailed information on the award, click here.

Finalists work will be published in a future Issue of INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, (formerly Interfaces.)

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. Anyone is eligible for the competition except members of the judging panel.

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.

2021 Committee Chair:

Carrie Beam
Carrie Beam Consulting