2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is proud of our industry’s continued leadership in innovative solutions and advances in technology. Each year, CPI holds the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, which highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethane industry by recognizing companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace. CPI will present this year’s Innovation Award at the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona, September 23 – 25.
Entry submission has closed, finalists will be notified by July 25, 2013.
Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture must relate to polyurethane chemistry, which is expressly defined as the reaction of an isocyanate with a polyol. Innovations in polyurethane chemistry may include finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment.
Entries must represent new innovations: the idea, technology or process may not have been submitted to CPI for the Innovation Award before and must not have been available for commercial sales longer than 15 months prior to the submission deadline for this year’s award (June 18, 2013). Joint submissions will be accepted for evaluation by the judging panel.
In addition to the entry form, an abstract of approximately 50 words must be included as well as a technical description of approximately 500 words including the following:
- The application of the technology, product, program, or process
- Uniqueness and level of innovation
- Long-term viability and impact
- Benefits to the industry and marketplace
- Picture or diagram of the innovation, if applicable
Process for Selection of Winner
Following receipt of submissions, CPI staff will screen all applications to ensure compliance with these rules.
Judging Panel: 2/3 of Score
All eligible submissions received by 5:00 PM EDT on June 18, 2013, will be evaluated by a panel of judges, identified by CPI. This panel of judges will include a range of experts across technical disciplines and across the polyurethane supply chain.
The judges will award up to 10 points in each of the following categories, for a maximum of 40 total points:
- Impact on the polyurethanes industry
- Uniqueness of the innovation
- Quality of the science
- Societal impact
The three applicants with the highest total scores will be selected as finalists, recognized at the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference and considered for the Polyurethane Innovation Award.
Audience Vote: 1/3 of Score
Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the conference on Monday, September 23 at the conclusion of the finalist presentations. Each individual conference registrant in attendance at the Opening Session may cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes from the audience will receive an additional 20 points to be added to the score from the judges. The innovation with the highest total score will be deemed the winner and announced on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, during the Closing Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.
Finalists will be notified by July 25, 2013. Each finalist must agree to attend the conference to be considered for the final award and will receive one complimentary, full conference registration to the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, held September 23 – 25, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona (a value of up to $900). Finalists are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.
Finalists’ entries will be on display during the conference. Abstracts, pictures or diagrams will be highlighted on CPI’s website.
Finalists must prepare a four minute PowerPoint presentation, which may include video or multimedia, to be shown during the Opening Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on September 23. Finalists must also prepare a poster that will be on display at the conference. Finalists will be provided with poster size restrictions upon notification of selection as a finalist.
Finalists will be invited to attend Opening Session rehearsal, which is strongly encouraged, followed by the media reception on Sunday, September 22, 2012, where they will be introduced to the press and will have the opportunity to interact with the media.
The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner
The winner of the 2013 Polyurethanes Innovation Award will be announced on September 25. The winner will be:
- Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
- Announced in a CPI news release distributed to the media
- Highlighted on a special innovation page of CPI’s website in which visitors will be able to learn more about the innovation
- Provided one complimentary registration to the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on September 22 – 24, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
- Showcased at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
Any changes to these dates or policies will be posted on the CPI website, www.polyurethane.org.
For any and all materials submitted to ACC to support or promote your submission to the Innovation Award program, you grant to ACC a royalty-free license to use these materials in any and all means and manner we deem fit and in all markets and media now known or hereafter devised, without additional consideration.
For more information regarding the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, contact:
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry
700 2nd St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 249-6604
Congratulations to Huntsman for winning the 2012 Polyurethane
Innovation Award for its VITROX® Composite Resins!