The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) offers Innovation Awards in six categories, with one top overall prize. Entries will be evaluated by a jury of experts who serve in the specialty fabrics industry. This panel will select the winners of the IFF Innovation Award.

Entry Categories

  • Fabrics, fibers and films
  • Chemicals, coatings and compounds
  • Hardware, findings and accessories
  • Equipment and tools
  • Services to manufacturers
  • End Product

Entry Criteria

All entries should address and meet the criteria specified below:

  • Innovation distinctive from other products currently manufactured or processes currently is use
  • Benefit to the specialty fabrics industry or consumer
  • Practicality
  • Cost-effectiveness

Entry Qualifications

Entries must meet the following qualifications to be considered for an award:

  • Product or process must be available for the market
  • Final development of product or process must have been after 2015
  • Product or process must not have been entered in any previous IFF Innovation Award contest

Entries Must Include Answers to Each of The Following Questions:

  1. How would you describe your product or process? Provide a brief (120 words or less) description, emphasizing what makes this product innovative.
  2. What is the name of the entry? (brand name or generic)
  3. What is the function of the entry? What are the distinctive features and benefits that set your entry apart?
  4. Is there is a patent on your entry? If so, please indicate patent number(s) and expiration date(s).
  5. How widespread are commercial adoptions for this entry today? What do you expect of this product in the next 3 to 5 years? Longer term future?
  6. What is the main strength of your entry with respect to the following criteria?
    • Innovation distinctive from other products currently manufactured or processes currently in use
    • Benefit to the specialty fabrics industry or consumer
    • Practicality
    • Cost-effectiveness
  7. List materials used and supplier of each.

Entries are Encouraged to Submit A 3-5 Minute Video on the Project.

Videos of the top entries from each category will play on a screen in the lobby of IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo.

Entry Fee

$500 for IFAI Members; $1,000 for non-members

Please fill out the IFF Innovation Award payment form and mail, fax or email completed for payment to be processed.

Contact Jill Newman for payment questions at +1 651 225 6953 or jmnewman@ifai.com

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