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IERA Award 2011 - Applications deadline: 18.02.2011

IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) jointly sponsor the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award. The purpose of this award is to highlight and honour the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. At the same time the joint disposition of the award underlines the determination of both organizations to promote stronger collaboration between robotics science and robotics industry.

Up to one award will be given annually to the individual(s) whose entrepreneurial efforts have taken an earlier conceptual innovation and evolved it into a commercialized product. The winner(s) are expected to present the underlying principles of the concept, how they transformed this into the product, and demonstrate the commercial product realized from the concept. The presentation will be at the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation on 9 May 2011 in Shanghai, which is being held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011). Just a prototype product or proof of concept is not acceptable.

The award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium. In case there are multiple winners, each recipient will receive a plaque and the honorarium will be equally split between the recipients.

Nominees will be solicited through an award sub-committee and in response to a general call for nominees. The Call for Applications containing detailed information can be downloaded as pdf (38 kb).

The deadline for submitting applications is 18 February 2011.