From time to time research reports emerge that contain information and analyses of awards topics that may be of general interest across the world of awards. This section of the ICDA website has been reserved for the publication of such reports either in their entirety or of portions that contain informative analytics of use to many awards. Some of these reports have been generated by ICDA for specific organizations. Others may have been submitted by third parties for possible inclusion in Research Reports.
In the world of awards there are a special group of prizes that we have purposely denominated as "Challenge Prizes." They are ancient in origin, but have become quite popular since the end of the 20th century as a reinvented method of presenting awards for achievement. But Challenge Prizes are tricky to establish and to administer. The following commissioned study charts their history, their re-emergence, and sets forth the special parameters for operating these awards successfully.
Corporations have long flirted with the idea of presenting awards for achievement. Global corporations, in particular, have often seen prizes with a dual vision. One notion has been to create awards that benefit humanity or which recognize innovations in the realm of technology pursued by that corporation. Another notion has been to use prizes as a method of marketing the logo and image of the corporation. Since 1999 we have been charting the number of corporations that create awards, sponsor awards through other entities, or operate their own award programs. In the process we have seen major changes in the number of corporations sponsoring awards and the manner in which they do it. One can see these changes in the commissioned studies included below.