We hope the FAQ below answers any questions you may have regarding the IRRC Institute Research Award. After reviewing this FAQ, if you have additional questions, please contact Jon Lukomnik, Executive Director of the IRRC Institute and award coordinator, at jon@irrcinstitute.org.

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  1. Who is eligible to apply? Academics and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad are eligible to submit papers. Submissions may be an original work created specifically for the IRRCi Research Award, or relevant published or unpublished papers.
  2. How do I apply? Academics and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad are eligible to complete the online form and submit papers. The 2018 award deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018. Papers should be submitted using the guidelines posted here.
  3. What is the application deadline? Practitioners and academics are invited to submit research papers by Friday, October 19, 2018, for consideration by a blue-ribbon panel of judges with deep finance and investment experience.
  4. Will I receive confirmation that the application was received? Yes. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application form and paper.
  5. Can I mail or fax in an application? No. Please submit applications online only.
  6. Who are the judges? The IRRCi has assembled an esteemed panel of judges with broad and deep finance, investment, and economics experience representing practitioners and academics. We invite you to review the judges’ biographies here.
  7. Can I contact the judges? To respect the time of our judges, please do not contact judges regarding award. If you have any questions not answered by this website, please contact Jon Lukomnik, Executive Director of the IRRC Institute and award coordinator, at jon@irrcinstitute.org
  8. How will judges review the papers? Once submitted, judges will utilize the following criteria to review and assess each paper:
    • Innovation. Does the paper add to the collective knowledge base, either through increased empirical research and/or through innovative theoretical construct?
    • Relevance. Does the paper have relevance to the objective of the award?
    • Clarity. Are the ideas in the paper clearly expressed?
  9. How will applicants be notified of the award? IRRCi will directly contact the winner(s) in December. All award applicants will be notified of the winners via email and web site posting in December of award year.
  10. Can I submit a previously written paper or must it be original work? Submissions may be an original work created specifically for the IRRCi Research Award, or relevant unpublished papers, or papers that have been published after July 1, 2017.
  11. Who is not eligible to submit a paper? Papers which have been supported in part or in whole by the IRRCi are not eligible for the award to avoid any conflict of interest or perception of favoritism.
  12. Can I submit multiple papers? Yes.
  13. Can multiple authors submit a paper? Yes. Please note that if the winning paper has multiple authors, the award will be divided evenly between each author. Each award recipient is fully responsible for all applicable taxes.
  14. Who owns the copyright of winning papers? The IRRC Institute will be granted a broad license to publish, reproduce and publicize the winning papers. The authors will retain the copyright.
  15. Where do I direct additional questions? Please contact Jon Lukomnik, Executive Director of the IRRC Institute and award coordinator, at jon@irrcinstitute.org. To respect the time of our judges, please do not contact judges regarding award.