IFORS 2021 Virtual

The 22nd Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies

Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea August 23(Mon) ~ 27(Fri), 2021


IFORS Prize for OR in Development 2021

IFORS is pleased to announce that this long-standing Prize will be awarded again during its 22nd triennial conference in Seoul, Korea, 22-27 August, 2021. The winner will receive a grand prize of US$4,000 and the runner-up a prize of US$2,000. The competition aims at promoting the practice of OR in developing countries. Past winners and finalists include works that have improved health, wellness, education, public investments and other issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Note the submission process has been simplified with respect to previous years. It will consist of two stages, where the first requires a short summary – more details given below.

First stage

Entries should be submitted by email to the Chair of Judges by 1st October 2019. Each entry should comprise a maximum 5 page summary of the work specifying title, authors and affiliations, and including the following sections: (i) Context/Problem description; (ii) Methodology/Solution approach; (iii) Results/Impact; (iv) Timeline (when the project started, when the solution was implemented, how long it has been used, eventual future plans); (v) Involvement of local researchers (specifying the geographical region of the application if it has not been specified in previous sections); (vi) Others, if the authors would like to highlight something else, and a list of References if citations have been used through the text.
A verification/support letter from the client (i.e. the organization(s) benefitting from the work) is strongly appreciated and may be required, as well as other means of verification, during the evaluation process if not included in the submission.
It is expected that, to a large extent, the work must have been conducted after 18th December 2016 (deadline of the previous competition).
Submission format: pdf file, 11-point font text, A4 paper size, standard margins. Title, authors and affiliations can be specified in a cover page, so the 5 page limit applies only to the content of the following sections. 9-point font can be used for references and captions.

Initial Evaluation

The evaluation of the entries will be carried out by an international panel of jury members, and entrants are expected to be notified of the outcome by late October. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria: problem definition, creativity and appropriateness of approach, MS/OR/Analytics content, stress on developmental issues, extent of involvement of local researchers, and impact.

Second stage

Entrants who are successful in the Initial evaluation will be invited to submit, by 18th December 2019, a full-length manuscript of up to 25 pages describing their work in more detail. This may be based upon other reports or articles previously submitted or published but must include, at least, content about topics (i)-(vi) specified in the summary submitted for the first stage. Where appropriate, the relevance of the country’s state of development to the study should be addressed. Manuscripts will be evaluated based on the criteria used in the Initial evaluation, as well as the manuscript organization and structure and quality of writing. A stress on developmental issues will be an important factor in the judging. Manuscripts of a purely technical nature, or those which have no relevance in the developmental context, will not be of interest.
Submission format: pdf file, 11-point font text, A4 paper size, standard margins. 9-point font can be used for references and captions.

Selection of finalists

The panel is expected to complete the evaluation of manuscripts and select the finalists by late January.

Final stage

Finalists will present their work in a special session of the competition at the IFORS Triennial conference (Seoul, Korea, August 22-27, 2021). The winner and runner-up will be selected based on the previous stages and their oral presentation. At least one author of each finalist team is expected to attend the IFORS conference banquet to receive their prizes.


Abstracts of all finalist works, and a note about the winning work, will be published in the IFORS Newsletter. Material about the finalist works will also be uploaded to the Developing Countries Online Resources page of the IFORS’ website. The presentations at the IFORS Triennial conference might be recorded and promoted in the IFORS website or other dissemination channels. At any point of the competition, entries describing novel contributions will be encouraged to submit a full-length manuscript to the IFORS’ journal International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR), although this will not be a requirement to participate in the competition.

Inquiries and submissions should be sent by email to the Prize Chair :
Mario Guajardo
Associate Professor Department of Business and Management Science
NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway
E-mail : mario.guajardo@nhh.no

Important Dates

Submission deadline summary (first stage): October 1, 2019
Submission deadline full paper (second stage): December 18, 2019
Finalists will be notified by: January 31, 2021
Date of oral presentation: June 22, 2021