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The Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research Contributions recognizes a research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications.

The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades. The prize is given at the Virtual ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) from 11-16 July 2021. It comprises a cash award of 5,000 euros, and the winner presents the Founders of Statistics Lecture at the WSC. If the contribution has multiple authors, the cash prize will be divided equally. Complementary registration fee is part of the prize.


  • The article or book must have been published within the last 30 years (1990 or later).
  • For books the first edition establishes the relevant publication date.
  • The publication must be in English.
  • It must be a stand-alone research contribution that has had major influence and impact in one or more of the following:
    • Statistical theory
    • Statistical methodology
    • Statistical practice
    • Application areas
  • Presentation of the research contribution and its influence on statistics will enhance the WSC.

Submitting nominations

  1. Nominations for the Founders of Statistics Prize can be submitted online.
    The deadline has passed.
  2. Self-nominations are not permitted.
  3. Unsuccessful nominations from 2019 will be considered upon submission of a new package or resubmission of the material from 2019.


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