The specific scope of the Award will be determined on an annual basis, and could include:
(a) Fundamental metallurgy and physical metallurgy of niobium and its alloys;
(b) Application of niobium alloys, oxides and other compounds: in important sectors such as oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, construction, biomedical, electronics, energy generation and storage and chemical applications including catalysts and glass products etc.;
(c) Use of niobium in coatings to locally enhance properties, for example corrosion, wear resistance, optical properties.
Eligible papers should be published in English. The papers should provide important scientific and technological results, and should describe commercial applications, or potential applications, of niobium containing materials.
Award-winning papers are likely to have made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge and the results of the research should have the potential to make a major technical, technological, commercial, environmental or other sustainability-related impact on important industrial sectors.