The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made to the field of Optics and Photonics. This prize will be presented to an early career professional who has demonstrated innovation in their research submitted for consideration during the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference.
The grand prize recipient will receive a $3,000 prize, a special invitation to the OFC Chairs’ Reception, special recognition during the conference and a certificate.
The prize is endowed by Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc., AT&T, The Optical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society, Thorlabs, Inc, The Li Family and supporters of the Tingye Li Memorial Fund. and is administered by the OSA Foundation.
Criteria for Eligibility
- Submitting author must opt-in during the current year regular “call for papers” process or be an accepted Post Deadline Paper (PDP) from the previous year. Previous year PDPs will also be considered.
- Applicant must have an accepted paper to OFC.
- Eligible applicant is no older than the age of 39 during the calendar year the prize is given.
- Applicant must be responsible for and exhibit innovative ideas in their research.
- Applicant must agree to let the OSA Foundation (OSAF) use their picture, name and story in program marketing opportunities.
- Opt-in to the program during the current year OFC call for papers or Post-Deadline paper submission process. Post-Deadline papers will be considered during the following year review process.
- Five to Seven (5-7) finalists will be requested to apply for the prize after the paper deadline based on their paper scores to be considered as finalists.
- Copy of the paper abstract submitted to OFC.
- Statement describing the innovative nature of the work contained in their paper submission.
- Letter of certification authenticating the applicant’s innovative ideas and/or their significant contribution to their work submitted to OFC.
Qualified applicants will be notified after their paper is accepted to the conference with information on how to submit additional materials.
Applicants must opt-in during the current year OFC call for papers or Post-Deadline paper submission process. Post-Deadline papers will be considered during the following year review process.
- Applications are solicited and collected through the OFC call for papers process. Accepted post-deadline submissions will be considered for the following year (ex: 2017 submission will be considered for 2018) and contacted by the OSA Foundation.
- Applicant will opt-in during the submission process.
- OSAF will contact all eligible applicants following the call for papers submission deadline to submit the final application with supporting documents.
- Applicant will provide all required materials to OSAF by the deadlines provided.
- OSAF will submit all qualified applications and certifying documents to the relevant OFC chairs for review.
- Applications are reviewed during the TPC.
- Each subcommittee selects one (if possible) semi-finalist. A finalist will then be chosen overall from each track.
- From the pool of finalists, the OFC General Chairs will identify the winner.
- The grand prize recipient will receive $3,000, a special invitation to the OFC Chairs’ Reception, special recognition during the conference and a certificate.