Invitation and Call for Papers – IFORS Prize for OR in Development

IFORS is pleased to announce that the Prize will be awarded during the 19th Triennial conference on “Global Economy and Sustainable Environment” to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 10-15 July 2011.

Awarded at the close of the IFORS Triennial Conference and carries with it a grand prize of US$ 4,000.00 and a runner-up prize of US$ 2,000.00

The prized papers are automatically considered for publication in the IFORS Publication, International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR). Publication is contingent upon the usual refereeing process. Authors of these papers agree that the first right to publish their papers lies with ITOR; as such, they will not publish the same until and unless they receive permission to do so by the ITOR editor.

Important details about the competition follow:

Topic of paper

The paper describes a practical OR application in a developing country, conducted to assist a specific organization in its decision-making process with regard to education, health, water, technology, resource use (physical or financial), infrastructure, agricultural/industrialization, environmental sustainability with original features in methodology or implementation for development in developing countries. The idea is to optimize the development with the constraints and limited resources.

The paper includes some description of the application’s social context and its impact on the decision making process or on the organization for which it was conducted. Where appropriate, the relevance of the country’s state of development to the study is addressed. A stress on developmental issues will be an important factor in the judging. Papers of a purely technical nature, or those which have no relevance in the developmental context, will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

Qualifying papers will be evaluated on the following criteria: problem definition, creativity and appropriateness of approach, MS/OR content, stress on developmental issues, innovative methodology, impact of the study, paper organization and structure and quality of written and (if selected as finalist) oral presentation.

Other Information

Principal authors and presenters of any nationality are welcome. If selected to be among the finalists, the entry should be presented by one of the principal authors during the IFORS Triennial Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 10-15 July 2011.

Finalists’ registration fees will be sponsored by IFORS. For finalists who are nationals of developing countries, a grant for living expenses may be requested but cannot be guaranteed.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their contributions using the submission site, indicating in their cover letters that they are intended for this competition.

Other inquiries should be sent directly to:

Dr. Subhash Datta

(Prize Chair)

Director, NIILM Centre for Management Studies

Plot No. 53, Knowledge Park V, Greater Noida, UP.

E-mail :

Last date of submission of the full paper: December 30, 2010.

Date of communication for finalists: March 31, 2011.

Date of presentations: July 10, 2011.


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