NAAIM Founders Award Competition - Call for Papers


NAAIM Founders Award Competition

The NAAIM Founders Award, is a research competition that draws entries from all over the world in the areas of computational finance, advanced algorithms, tactical investment management techniques, strategic investment strategies and numerous other topics, all designed to further our knowledge of the active investing world.

The competition is open to anyone involved in financial services including academic faculty, researchers and graduate students, investment advisors, analysts and other financial professionals.

Papers need to focus on describing an investment technique, its pros and cons and the market conditions under which it is expected to fare well or poorly, or should explore topics in active investing that are of broad interest to the investment community.

The winning author will receive the following prize package:

• $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to present the winning paper at the 2019 NAAIM Uncommon Knowledge conference, April 28 – May 1, at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona.
• Uncommon Knowledge 2019 registration, domestic coach airfare and one night lodging for one author of the winning paper.

Deadline to submit a paper is February 28, 2019

FINAL PAPER (up to 30 pages) together with a required 750-1000 word abstract must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February 28.
Winners will be notified on or before Monday, April 1, 2018.

NAAIM Founders Award Competition Rules:

The National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) sponsors the Founders Award annually to seek out papers of academic quality that cover an innovative topic in the area of active investing. The following rules govern the submission, judging, ownership and awarding of the papers.

1. All decisions of the NAAIM Founders Award committee are final. Any occurrence that arises that is not covered in these rules will be adjudicated by the committee.

2. Papers will be judged by a panel selected by the NAAIM Founders Award committee. The prime criteria used in judging the papers are:

a. Practical significance to practitioners of active investing
b. Quality of exposition
c. Analytical rigor
d. Novelty of results

3. Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format to and the subject line should indicate “2019 Paper Submission.” Please submit TWO copies of the paper: 1) Anonymous – with no reference of the author(s)’ name or their affiliation with a company or university; 2) The paper should include the author(s) and affiliation with a company or university.

4. Papers should be 30 pages or less and include a separate required 750 – 1000 word abstract. (Include the abstract in each copy of the filed paper)

5. By virtue of submission, the author certifies that the manuscript is not copyrighted, consents to NAAIM’s non-exclusive use of the paper and abstract, and agrees to be bound by the rules set forth herein. NAAIM will request approval of the author prior to any publication of the paper.

6. Delivery of papers to NAAIM is the sole responsibility of the participants. Therefore, it is encouraged that they complete an “Intent to Submit” form that will allow NAAIM to contact them if needed. An email confirmation of receipt of the paper will be sent by NAAIM within three days of submission. It is the author’s responsibility to contact NAAIM at prior to the submission deadline, in the event a confirmation is not received by the author in the 3-day time period.

If you are interested in participating in the competition please submit your intent to compete form found at Submit to:

National Association for Active Investment Managers
6732 W. Coal Mine Ave., #446, Littleton, CO 80123 | 888-261-0787 |

The National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) was formed in 1989 as a non-profit association of registered investment advisers who provide active money management services to investors. The goal of the NAAIM members is to promote active investment management strategies as an alternative to passive allocation. NAAIM includes more than 160 members nationwide, managing an estimated $32 billion. Associate members include mutual fund companies, ETF providers and a variety of other firms that provide professional services to RIAs