2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy competition

The Nomination Process. The University of Louisville invites nominations from throughout the world by individuals, professional associations, university administrators, publishers or editors of journals and books, and scientists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and engineers, including those working in national laboratories. Self-nominations and nominations from or for individuals holding appointed or elected political offices will not be accepted.

Nominators must submit the following:

     1. A two-page letter in English identifying the specific idea/accomplishment being nominated, the author(s) of the idea/accomplishment, and why the idea and its impact merits consideration for the award recognition.

      2. A current mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address for the nominee(s).

Deadline for Nominations. Nomination letters will be accepted from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 for the 2017 competition. Applications received later will be considered for the 2019 competition.

Supporting Materials for Review. Additional supporting materials will be requested directly from the nominee(s), and nominees will be sent a nominee agreement explaining the award conditions. Each nominee must then submit the following supporting materials. (All in English; note that items 2-4 must be submitted in electronic format)

     1. A signed copy of the nominee agreement

     2. A one-page statement describing the candidate‚Äôs significant achievement and the impact on renewable energy

     3. The nominee's curriculum vitae

     4. Supporting documents (publications, reviews, etc.)

     5. A techno-economic analysis impact statement

     6. A statement regarding commercialization, or potential commercialization, of the idea for widespread implementation in the world

Deadline for Supporting Materials. All supporting materials for the nomination listed above must be received by December 31, 2016.

Criteria for Judging Nominations. Nominations will be subject to administrative review for completeness and responsiveness to the call for submissions, then judged on the basis of overall impact based on various factors: economic impact through renewable energy innovations, the extent of addressing grand challenges, originality, creativity, scientific merit and breadth of global impact on energy consumption and demand reduction, and commercialization.

The Review Process. Applications to the Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy competition are screened by an internal review committee, which consists of distinguished members of the University of Louisville faculty. This committee selects applications for further consideration based on listed criteria. Those selected advance to review by an external review committee comprised of eminent people from industry, academia and national labs. The external review committee assesses all supporting materials using similar criteria, then selects appropriate applicants final consideration by the Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy Board. This board will recommend one (or no) award winner from the nominee pool to the President of the University of Louisville, who will grant the award.

Awardee Requirements.The winner of the 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy will be publically announced in fall 2017. In addition to requirements specified on the nominee agreement, acceptance of the award requires in-person delivery of a public address at the University of Louisville that conveys the importance and impact of the winning idea. Winners must also participate in community and campus events associated with the award ceremonies.