ACM Policy Award

How to Nominate

Please note that the following change to the ACM Policy Award nomination process is currently in effect:

Nominators and endorsers for the ACM Policy Award will now be required to indicate whether they are aware of any action committed by the candidate that violates the ACM Code of Ethics and ACM’s Core Values.

CORE VALUES

  • Technical excellence
  • Education and technical advancement
  • Ethical computing and technology for positive impact
  • Diversity and inclusion

GENERAL ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
1.1 Contribute to society and to human well-being, acknowledging that all people are stakeholders in computing.
1.2 Avoid harm.
1.3 Be honest and trustworthy.
1.4 Be fair and take action not to discriminate.
1.5 Respect the work required to produce new ideas, inventions, creative works, and computing artifacts.
1.6 Respect privacy.
1.7 Honor confidentiality.

For questions on the above please contact acm-awards@acm.org

 

Overview

The ACM Policy Award honors the contributions of an individual, or a small group, who has had a significant impact on the formation or execution of public policy related to computing. It may recognize establishment of an innovative educational or advisory program in policy, the development of technology policy organizations or resources, or other notable policy activities affecting the computing community and/or the general public. The biennial award is presented at the June ACM Awards Banquet in even-numbered years. It is accompanied by a prize of $10,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet.

Deadline

December 15, 2021 - End of Day, Anywhere on Earth (AoE), UTC -12

Selection Criteria

The achievement cited must represent a major policy innovation or a significant ongoing engagement that has had broad influence on computing policy.

Nominations will be reviewed for the quality and impact of the individual’s personal contributions. If a small group is being nominated, the information must spell out why these particular individuals should be recognized.

Submissions

Nominations for the ACM Policy Award should be submitted using the online nomination form. 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). The most appropriate person to submit a nomination would be a recognized member of the community who is not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate's impact on the broader community.
  • Name, address, and email address of the candidate (person being nominated). It is ACM's policy not to tell candidates who has nominated or endorsed them.
  • Nominators will be required to indicate whether they are aware of any actions committed by the candidate that violates ACM's Code of Ethics or Core Values.
  • Suggested citation if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the policy achievement and the contribution of the individual(s) being recognized. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
  • Nomination statement (500-1000 words in length) addressing why the candidate should receive this award. This should spell out what policy achievements are being recognized, what the implications are for the computing community and general public, and why this particular individual/group merits recognition for the contributions.
  • Copy of the candidate's CV, listing publications, patents, honors, service contributions, etc.
  • Supporting letters from at least 2, and not more than 4, 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 to which that endorser can attest and place in context. The nominator should collect the letters and bundle them for submission. Please Note: Nominators will need to provide a valid email for each endorser. Endorsers will receive an email from acm-awards@acm.org containing a secure link to the Code of Ethics attestation form, and will be required to indicate whether they are aware of any actions committed by the candidate/s that violates ACM's Code of Ethics or Core Values.

For questions on the above, please contact us at acm-awards@acm.org, or Jade Morris, ACM Awards Committee Liaison.  ACM's conflict-of-interest guidelines apply to all award nominations.

 

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