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Pioneer Prize

The Pioneer Prize is awarded every four years at the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) Congress to one individual for pioneering work introducing applied mathematical methods and scientific computing techniques to an industrial problem area or a new scientific field of applications. Nominations can be submitted via the ICIAM website.

Next Call for Nominations Opens: February 1, 2026

Prize Description


Prize Description

The Pioneer Prize is awarded every four years at the ICIAM Congress to one individual for pioneering work introducing applied mathematical methods and scientific computing techniques to an industrial problem area or a new scientific field of application. Established on the initiative of SIAM, it is one of five prizes administered and awarded by ICIAM. The prize is currently funded by SIAM.


Eligibility Criteria

The prize may be awarded to any member of the scientific community who meets the general guidelines of the prize description.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Two or three letters of support from experts in the field or names of two or three experts to be consulted
  • Proposed citation in fewer than 250 words

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The 2023 Pioneer Prize will be awarded at ICIAM 2023.

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About the Award


About the Pioneer Prize


The Pioneer Prize includes a $5,000 monetary prize. The recipient will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The Pioneer Prize will next be awarded at ICIAM 2023.


Award Presentation

The award will be presented by the President of ICIAM. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The initial funds for this award are contributed by SIAM.

Prize History



Prize History

Citation

The 2023 Pioneer Prize is awarded to Leslie Greengard (New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute) for his pioneering work on fast algorithms, including the fast multipole method (one of the top 10 algorithms of the 20th century), fast Gauss transform, and fast direct solvers. Greengard is also honored for the development of innovative high-order, automatically adaptive algorithms for differential and integral equations.

Citation

The 2019 Pioneer Prize has been awarded to Yvon Maday in recognition of his leading role in the introduction of powerful methods for numerical simulation, such as spectral methods, reduced order modeling, domain decomposition, models and simulation in medical sciences, fluid-structure interaction, and ab-initio chemistry. Several of his works helped in the launching of start-ups and are intensively used in industry.

Citation

The 2015 Pioneer Prize has been awarded to Björn Engquist for fundamental contributions in the field of applied mathematics, numerical analysis and scientific computing which have had long lasting impact in the field as well as successful applications in science, engineering and industry.

Citation

The 2011 Pioneer Prize has been awarded to James A. Sethian for his fundamental methods and algorithms that have had a large impact in imaging and shape recovery in medicine, geophysics and tomography, and drop dynamics in inkjets.

2007 Heinz Engl
2007 Ingrid Daubechies
2003 Stanley Osher
1999 Ronald R. Coifman
1999 Helmut Neunzert

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