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Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award

Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award inspires people at every part of the Aalto community to aim higher in education, research, artistic activities and societal impact.
Otaniemi Lehmuskuja (photo Mikko Raskinen)

This award is targeted to teams that develop Aalto University’s research excellence, educational impact and societal influence. The aim of the award is to inspire people at every part of the Aalto University community to create a culture committed to driving performance, while remaining agile, adaptive and able to evolve for the future. The award identifies the enablers of excellence rather than focuses solely on the results of previous efforts to achieve our research and teaching objectives.

Award criteria

The award recognizes teams that address unique challenges, and the evaluation of the proposals applies a flexible framework that enables to look holistically across the vision, purpose and execution of activities that strive for sustainable value creation and superior performance. Also, the award recognizes the candidates’ ways of working, both in the short and long term. The awarded activity meets the following criteria:

  1. Cross-border activity that fuels and brings on the success of others.
  2. Develops an ethically sustainable and responsible culture and way of working.
  3. Involves key stakeholder groups in the development of operations, taking into account the views and expectations of all stakeholder groups.
  4. Promotes creativity and excellence in the Aalto University community.
  5. Builds on previous knowledge and experience, and uses resources wisely and efficiently.

Award process

The call for proposals will be opened annually in the spring. The application period ends at the end of May.

Anyone in the Aalto University community can propose a team to be awarded through the link to a web form below. Especially departments are invited to nominate candidates. The application shall be accompanied by a brief justification.

The award committee will make a proposal for the prize winners, the Dean of SCI will make the decision, and the award will be published by the award committee.

The prize money, worth ca. 5,000 €, which is sponsored by CEO Matti Sundberg's donation to Aalto University, will be paid to the members of the awarded team as personal grants.

Application form


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