The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2016. Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at www.innovation-award-laser.org. The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on April 27, 2016 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´16 (www.lasercongress.org).
Target Group: The Innovation Award addresses laser manufacturers, laser users and researchers, who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea relating to laser technology, following the project through from application oriented research to ultimate industrial application. The closed scientific and technological projects in question must centre on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be in their practical implementation of demonstrable commercial value to industry.
Eligible applicants: The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group. Eligible are only applicants, working in industry or at universities or independent research centres established in Europe. The range of possible fields extends from the development of new laser beam sources and systems for use in laser materials processing to the qualification of innovative laser manufacturing processes for use in an industrial production environment.
Prize money and fellowship title: The best 3 applicants will be awarded with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. The prize-winner will receive furthermore the sum of 10,000 euros, and be awarded the title of ‘AKL fellow’ and ‘ELI fellow’.
Official presentation: The official presentation of the award will take place at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´14 (www.lasercongress.org) on April 27, 2016 in Aachen.
Jury and selection procedure: A shortlist of the best candidates will be compiled by an international jury consisting of 10 members recruited from industry and the research community. The prize-winner as well as the second and third placed are selected on the basis of the published assessment criteria. Any and all legal recourse is explicitly barred.
Closing date for applications: no later than January 15, 2016 (time of receipt)
Application documents and further information: www.innovation-award-laser.org