RISE Innovation Award

RISE® Innovation Award

The RISE® Innovation Award will recognize innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry which utilizes advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems and advance the usage of nonwovens.  Areas for consideration may include: raw material advances, advances in process or manufacturing technologies including web forming and converting, new product or application development, or other areas that may extend or enhance the use of nonwovens.  Nominees will be selected from various disposable and durable product categories and disruptive enabling technologies who exemplify innovation.

Product Criteria:
Nominated products or technologies should demonstrate advancements in one or more of the following categories:

  • Creativity (Was there imaginative skill used to create a solution to a known problem?)
  • Novelty of Approach (Is the method or thought process used to create the product new?)
  • Uniqueness (Is this product sufficiently different from others in the marketplace of its type?)
  • Technical Sophistication (Does the product/process use nonwoven technology in an intellectually elegant manner?)

Product Eligibility:
Companies are encouraged to nominate their own product(s) (with a maximum of 2) for the RISE® Innovation Award, but only one (1) product per company will be selected as a Finalist.  Products must have been available commercially at most two years prior to the current RISE® Conference, or plan to be introduced to the market by the time of the Technical Advisory Board evaluation of nominees.  To qualify for consideration as a nominee, the product or technology must be in or on the periphery of the nonwovens field.  Potential examples include:

  • New disposable or durable products or applications that use nonwovens as a major component.
  • Advances in web forming technologies.
  • Advances in converting or bonding technologies.
  • Raw material advances that provide enhanced value to nonwovens: examples might include new fiber, resin, finishing, or additive technology.
  • Innovation in manufacturing including inline monitoring and sensing or advanced process control.

Nominees must agree to present their product in person at the RISE® Conference if selected as a finalist.

Finalist Selection
The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) of INDA will choose finalists that, in their view, exemplify the use of cutting-edge science and engineering principles to advance the field of nonwovens. 

  • Must not have been selected as a Finalist in any previous RISE® Innovation Award competition.  A nominated product not selected as a Finalist may be nominated the following year, but no more than two (2) nominations total per company.
  • TAB will determine if the technology(ies) submitted for nomination are more well-suited for an alternate INDA Award such as the Hygienix Innovation Award, or the WOW Innovation Award.

Award Methodology:

  1. INDA's Technical Advisory Board (TAB), consisting of INDA's President and Technical Director plus select technical professionals from INDA's industry members, shall first select the award Finalists from all submissions and then vote on the winner that best embodies the award criteria. Product scores will be the percentage of TAB votes obtained carried out to two (2) decimal places. INDA personnel will vote on which products make the Finalist category, but not on which product shall be the winner of the Award.  The TAB selection of the winner will be weighted as one third of the total score for a product finalist.
  2. The RISE® Conference Committee, consisting of an INDA staff coordinator and industry members from the conference market segment, shall vote on the winner from all selected Finalists.  Product scores will be the percentage of Committee votes obtained carried out to two (2) decimal places. This will be weighted as one third of the total score for the winning product. TAB Members who are also on the Conference Committee will not have a vote as a Conference Committee member. TAB Members will have only one vote and INDA staff shall not vote.
  3. The Conference attendees who register and receive a ballot as part of their registration fee shall vote to select a winner from all Finalists. Product scores will be the percentage of the attendee votes obtained carried out to two (2) decimal places. This will be weighted as one third of the total score for the winning product. TAB members and Conference Committee members will not have a vote as an attendee at the event. TAB Members have only one vote and the Conference Committee members have only one vote. INDA personnel at the event do not vote. 
  4. The winning product/technology shall be determined by totaling the voting percentages from the three voting groups and announced during the scheduled conference hours.
  5. INDA members represented on more than one of the voting bodies must indicate to the INDA staff that they will assign their final vote at the event via a coded ballot received onsite.
  6. TAB members not participating in the review forfeit their opportunity to have their vote included with the final TAB percentage.