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The U.S. segment of the Blue Sky Awards is sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association and TAPPI. The top 2 U.S. finalists will advance to the international competition, hosted by the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations.
The application deadline is July 1, 2022. Please submit your application using the webform below.


  • Applicants must be students or researchers who are 30 years old or younger on March 1, 2022. 
  • Applicants must be carrying out research and innovation projects relevant for forestry, forest products, and/or forest products processing technologies. 
  • Applicants must have links to academia, public or private research centers, and/or corporate research and innovation departments. 


Up to 3 awards will be presented for the U.S. Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award:

  • The top finalist will receive $1,500 and the opportunity to present their research at AF&PA’s Presidents Forum.
  • The 2nd and 3rd finalists will receive $500 each.
  • The top 2 finalists will advance to the international Blue Sky Award competition.

International awards are presented to 3 worthy recipients from around the world. The 3 winners will have the opportunity to share their projects at the ICFPA CEO Global Roundtable in April/May 2023 (at a location to be confirmed in late 2022).


Timing Action
April 28, 2022 Applications open for U.S. Blue Sky Awards
July 1, 2022 Deadline to apply for U.S. Blue Sky Awards
By August 31, 2022  U.S. Blue Sky Award Finalists selected; up to 2 U.S. finalists advanced to the international competition
By January 30, 2023

International Blue Sky Award Finalists selected

April/May 2023 (TBD)  Presentations and International Blue Sky Awards – ICFPA CEO Roundtable


2022-2023 Theme: Building a Lower Carbon Economy with Climate Positive Forestry and Forest Products  

Seeking research projects that promote innovation and decarbonization in the forest products sector either in the forest, at production facilities, along the supply chain, or via product innovation. 

Applications must include a one-page CV, Project Summary (550 words maximum), and 1 letter of support. Please contact Jamie Tiralla, Director, Strategic Communications if you have any questions,

Award Application deadline: July 1, 2022 

Contact Information

Project Information

Upload a 3 separate documents (PDF, .doc, .docx accepted). Your documentation should include:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (maximum 1 page) 
  • Project Summary (550 words maximum, double space, font Calibri 12) 
    • Objectives  
    • Description of the project  
    • Summary of Methodology  
    • Expected results  
    • Relevance to forest products industry 
    • How is this research innovative? 
    • How does your research tie to the theme: Building a lower carbon economy with climate positive forestry and forest products? 
    • Please describe how your research aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, list specific goals with direct and indirect links as they apply to your research and its impact 
  • 1 letter of support  

Maximum 3 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.