ACM India Early Career Researcher Award - How to Nominate

The ACM India Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award recognizes individuals in early stages of their careers, who have made fundamental, innovative, and impactful contributions to the computing field while primarily working in India. In addition to acknowledging such contributions, the ACM India Council also believes that the award will provide international visibility to research from India, inspire early career researchers to scale further heights in the field, and nurture them to be candidates for future international recognition.

The award carries a prize of ₹15 lakhs (approximately USD $20,000). Financial support for this award is provided by Persistent Foundation.

Nominations are due 31 August 2020 at 11 PM IST. The winner will be announced 31 December 2020.

Eligibility

  • There is no age restriction for the candidate. However, he/she must be within 6 to 12 years of his/her terminal scientific degree date. Specifically, the degree date for the award in year X should be between January 1 of year X−12 and December 31 of year X−7. For example, for the 2020 Award, the date range is January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013.
  • For non-thesis degrees, the terminal degree date is the date the degree was awarded, while for thesis-oriented degrees, the terminal degree date is the date the thesis was successfully defended.
  • The candidate must be currently residing in India and the research contributions being considered for the award must have been carried out primarily while working in India.
  • The candidate can be from any walk of life in the broad field of computing, as understood in its general sense.
  • The candidate need not be an Indian national.
  • The candidate need not be a member of ACM.
  • The terminal scientific degree need not be PhD or from the computing discipline.

Nomination

  • No self-nomination is allowed.
  • The nominator should be a recognized member of the computing community who has personal knowledge of the candidate’s technical contributions and can testify to the candidate's impact on the broader community.
  • The committee may choose to keep a nomination in consideration for a period of up to 3 years from first submission, provided other eligibility criteria are met; details of the nomination may be updated if a nomination from a previous year is considered in a subsequent year.

Evaluation criteria

  • The selection will be based on the impact of the eligible candidate’s research contributions to computing theory and/or practice.
  • As the award is based on early career achievements, the contributions must be fairly recent, typically within the last decade.

Timelines and nature of the award

  • The award will consist of a plaque and a prize of ₹15 lakhs.
  • The timeline for the first year of introduction (2020) is as follows: Nominations can be made until 31 August 2020 (11 pm IST), and the winner will be announced by 31 December 2020.
  • The award ceremony will be held during the ACM India Annual Event in early February of the subsequent year. The awardee is expected to deliver a talk on his/her research contributions during the IRISS conference co-located with the Annual Event. The costs for the travel and stay will be borne by ACM India.

Submissions

Nominations for the award should be submitted using the online ACM India Award nomination form. You may have to create a login on CMT if you are using it for the first time. Once logged in to CMT, please make sure you select the nomination form for the correct award from the drop-down.

Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components:

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the nominator (person making the nomination).
  • Name, address, and email address of the candidate (person being nominated). It is ACM's policy not to reveal to candidates as to who has nominated or endorsed them.
  • Suggested citation if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the key technical or professional accomplishment for which the candidate merits this award. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
  • 2-page nomination statement/executive summary addressing why the candidate should receive this award. This may describe the candidate's work in general, but should draw particular attention to the contributions that merit the award.
  • Copy of the candidate's CV, listing publications, patents, honours, service contributions, etc.
  • Supporting letters from 3 endorsers. Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate's impact. Each letter must include the name, address, and telephone number of the endorser, and should focus on the accomplishments that the endorser can personally attest to and place in context. The nominator should collect these letters and bundle them for submission.

For questions on the above, please contact us at acmindia_ecr@india.acm.org. ACM's conflict-of-interest guidelines apply to all award nominations.