2020 IERA Award- Call For Applications

IEEE/IFR Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award

for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and Automation Technology


in conjunction with: co-located with: sponsoring organizations:
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IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA)

17 & 18 June 2020 and


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17 June 2020
Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany
16 to 19 June 2020
Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany



The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation. In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology.

These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. The ultimate winner will be chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia. A prestigious plaque will be awarded to each finalist and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:

  • description of the innovation/product/application 
  • novelty/uniqueness of the product
  • sustained competitive advantage
  • stages of the product genesis
  • market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
  • current and future impact on and relevance to industry

Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.


Submission of Applications

Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than March 15, 2020 either to secretariat@ifr.org or to RAS@ieee.org.



15 March 2020- Submission of applications

10 April 2020- Evaluation of applications and selection and notification of finalists

17 June 2020- Plenary lectures of the finalists and selection of the winner at the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation

17 June 2020- IERA Award Presentation at the ISR Gala Dinner


For inquiries please contact: 

Dr. Robert O. Ambrose

Vice President for Industrial Activities of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

phone: +1 281 244 5561 e-mail: robert.o.ambrose@nasa.gov

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