Announcement and Call for Nominations 2021

Introducing the new IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award

The exploration of space has resulted in the advancement of scientific knowledge and benefits for all of humanity. As we expand further into the universe, as we learn new things, identify new problems, and come up with novel solutions, it is important to pay tribute to those at the forefront of international collaboration who help us work together and bridge our differences.

As a global federation, the IAF strives to promote a worldwide dialogue to support international cooperation as the foundation of a stable and developing space community. To this end, the IAF is excited to introduce the new IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award as a valuable addition to existing IAF awards.

Dedicated to acknowledge the efforts and achievements in facilitating global engagement and cooperation, this award is intended to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual in advancing international cooperation including in, but not limited to, the fields of space science, space technology, space medicine, space law and space policy.

Call for Nominations 2021 is now OPEN!

The call for nominations for the IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award is addressed to IAF member organizations in good standing, Chairpersons of IAF administrative and technical committees, and elective and appointive IAF officers.

Who can be nominated?

Any eminent person in the astronautical field.

Selection criteria:

The nominee shall have demonstrated:

  • A career-long dedication to the fostering of international space cooperation.
  • An exceptional contribution in a specific project, effort or area to advance international space cooperation between entities from at least two countries.
  • Measurable progress in overcoming a significant challenge or obstacle to international cooperation.

Presentation of Awards

The IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award recipient will be inducted at the next International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at the VIP Luncheon on Monday (“Excellence in International Cooperation Award Luncheon”).

Benefits of award for the recipients

  • A trophy and certificate furnished by IAF.
  • IAC registration fees waived for the year of induction.
  • The recipient will address the attendees of the VIP Luncheon on Monday with a short speech.
  • The recipient will attend the Gala Dinner as guest of the IAF President (free of charge).

Number of recipients and Expiration of Nomination

The Award shall be preferably granted to a single person. Exceptionally, it may be granted to two or more persons if their contributions are equal or if the contribution or contributions made were the result of their joint efforts.

A submission which is not successful in any given year may be resubmitted for later years.

Nomination Submission:

  • Nomination package:

The nomination shall contain:

  • A justification detailing the exceptional effort and impact of the nominee on international cooperation in space activities (<2 pages)
  • A biography of the nominee including, i.e., the person’s profile, career achievements and history, education, list of publications, etc.
  • at least 3 letters of support clearly addressing the contributions of the nominee in fostering, advancing and enhancing international cooperation. At least two of the support letters should be issued by colleagues from a different country as the nominee.

Nomination documents must be received by the IAF Secretariat by 20 April 2021 15:00 CET (Paris time), preferably by email at
(Subject line: NOMINEE’S LAST NAME Nominee’s First Name – 2021 IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award).

If email is not available, the reference, which must still arrive by the deadline above, can be sent by postal mail to:

IAF Secretariat
Attention: 2021 IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award
100 Avenue de Suffren
75015 Paris

IAF Excellence in International Cooperation Award