Frequently Asked Questions

Do conference proceedings count as publications for graduate students?

The "quality" of the publication is considered as a part of the application, and conference proceedings are ranked less highly than journals the greater the student's education. We will consider conference proceedings for graduate students. We suggest that if you are submitting a proceeding from a juried conference that you state "juried conference proceeding" in the "Further explanation" section of the application. You should also submit any additional materials used at the conference that specifically support your application.


I am a student and I work at a national laboratory. Am I eligible?
I am a student and I work for a DOE contractor. Am I eligible?

If you work for a national laboratory or a DOE contractor and you meet all the criteria to qualify you for an award, you are eligible.


I am a student and a DOE employee. Am I eligible?

Unfortunately, DOE employees are not eligible for these awards.


I won an award in a previous Innovations competition. Am I eligible this year?

Possibly. Here are conditions for former winners to apply:

  • If you won a First Place award in the Open Competition, you are not eligible.
  • If you won a Second Place award in the Open Competition, you are eligible for a First Place award in the Open Competition.
  • If you won an award in a previous Competition for Universities with Lower R&D Expenditures, you are eligible for an award in the Open Competition.
  • If you won an award in the Undergraduate Competition, you are eligible for an award in the Open Competition, or the Competition for Universities with Less Than $600 Million in 2015 R&D Expenditures.

Can I re-submit a publication I submitted for a previous Innovations Awards?

A publication that has been previously submitted can be re-submitted if its publication date falls within the 2017 eligibility requirements. However, any publication that has already won an Innovations award is not eligible for re-submission.


Can I submit more than one publication?

You may submit more than one publication, but you cannot receive more than one Innovations Award.


I'm wondering about the publication rules: A publication must have been accepted BEFORE entering the competition, is that correct?

That is correct.


I am wondering about what counts as a publication (i.e. does the publication outlet need to be a journal)?

Conference papers as well as journal articles will be considered, weighing more highly for undergraduates than for graduates. We encourage anyone who thinks they may have an eligible paper to apply.


I have a paper which has been accepted for a conference later this year and it will not be officially published until the conference. Can I submit this paper?

You may submit a paper if it has been accepted for presentation at the conference. On the application under "Further explanation for any of the above responses" explain that the paper has been accepted and give the expected date of presentation.


Does the paper submitted to the competition need to be the same as the one published or presented? My paper has been submitted and accepted but I've done some research and adjusted some of the results, and I wonder if it's allowable for my submission to reflect that.

Submit the paper exactly as originally published. On the application under "Further explanation for any of the above responses" explain that the original paper has been submitted and that a paper with the adjusted results is available upon request. You might also explain which parts have changed or give a general description of the changed results. Then provide the updated paper if it is requested.


Do I have to submit my paper to the ANS Winter Meeting?

The First Place winners of the Open Competition will present their papers at the 2017 ANS Winter Meeting in a special session – "Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards" If you win a First Place award in the Open Competition, you must submit a summary of your paper to the ANS Winter Meeting. This is in ADDITION TO and SEPARATE FROM the application for the Innovations Awards.

Your summary should be based upon the research you submitted in your Innovations application, but it needs to be fully updated with your latest research results. It should not be identical to your award-winning paper that has already been published. It is also important to note that the ANS has very specific guidelines, and those guidelines must be followed. You must use the ANS Guidelines and the ANS template and meet the ANS requirements for your submission.

Submit your summary as soon as possible after the Innovations awards have been announced and before the ANS Winter Meeting summary deadline, projected to be June 10, 2017. You can confirm the deadline on the ANS website.

The ANS Winter Meeting is October 29-November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

If you have any questions, please let us know so that we may help you with the summary process.