By using the angle of innovation, ICFPA launched in 2016 the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award, a global award that aims to stimulate competition between students and young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain.

After a transparent and objective selection process, the most attractive submissions have the opportunity to present their project in front of an audience of global forest products industries CEOs at the occasion of the CEO Roundtable, promoted by the ICFPA. Travel expenses and accommodation are sponsored by the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award.

Only three students every two years are selected to the international reward. Each country nominates national candidates to compete internationally after going through the national selection.

Each year a Term of Reference will be published and posted on the website with information on criteria and general theme.

The award is not only about research and development; it is about innovation and about being inspirational, interesting and green.