Pitch Your Generation IV Research Competition



  • Are you a current PhD student or did you complete your PhD after January 1, 2019?
  • Is your research related to Generation IV Advanced Nuclear Energy systems?
  • Can you explain your research in three minutes?

If you answered yes to those questions, you may be interested in the Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition

Location: Virtual

Date: You can apply between February 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021 by submitting an executive summary of your research.

Cost: Free!

Scientific focus: Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems

Format: In order to enter the competition, participants are required to submit a one-page executive summary of their research.  A panel of experts (GIF Jury) will review the submittals and select up to 25 outstanding research projects based on their relevance to the GIF mission, originality, and significance.  Selected participants (finalists) will then be required to record a 3-minute video pitch in March 2021. The recorded videos will be publicly posted (e.g., YouTube) for 30 days to allow world-wide viewing and voting.  The public viewing of the pitches will begin in April 2021.  The GIF Jury will also judge the video pitches based on their creativity, communication effectiveness, and technical quality. The best pitches will be selected based on (1) the GIF Jury and (2) the popular voting.

Prizes: Winners will be selected in both the popular vote category and the GIF Jury category. Winners will be announced in May 2021.

• GIF Jury Category 
The first-place winner will be: 

(1) invited to present a webinar in 2021 as part of the GIF Education and Training Working Group webinar series, and

(2) invited to attend the next GIF Symposium planned in 2022 (travel expenses will be reimbursed on the OECD NEA basis). 

The second-place winner will be:
(1) invited to present a GIF webinar in 2022, and 

(2) invited to attend a future GIF meeting in their region.

• The Popular Vote Category 
The winner - Audience Favorite - will be invited to present a GIF webinar in 2022.

Who can enter: The Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition is open to a) currently enrolled PhD students and b) Post-Doctoral fellows and junior researchers who defended their Ph.D. after January 1, 2019. Your research must be related to GIF Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems and could be either an independent research project or one working with a research mentor.

Executive Summary submission: the executive summary should briefly describe the impact of the project in advancing GIF nuclear energy systems and the main achievements. If the project is the outcome of a group effort, participants should make sure to highlight their individual contributions. The executive summary is limited to 750 words and the language is English. One Figure or Table may be used but counts for 250 words. Participants should assume that the executive summary is a public document and it is their responsibility to obtain all necessary authorization to distribute the document.

Video recording: up to 25 outstanding participants who are selected will be invited to record a three-minute video pitch of their project. Visual support during the pitch is limited to 3 slides: (1) GIF Cover Slide, (2) Title, Author, and Affiliation Slide, and (3) Author’s choice. A template and further instructions for submittal of the video will be provided to the 25 selected participants.

Important dates
February 1, 2021 - Executive summary submission opens
February 28, 2021 - Executive summary submission closes (no extension)
Mid March, 2021 - Finalists' selection is completed
March 28, 2021 - Video submission are due (no extension)
April 6, 2021 - Popular voting begins - YouTube
April 30, 2021 - Popular voting ends
May, 2021 - Winners are announced

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