The R&D 100 Awards & R&D 100 Conference

R&D 100 2020 Conference update

Due to heightened travel concerns with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the R&D World staff has decided to reformat the planned in-person R&D 100 Conference and Awards banquet into virtual events. Thanks to the increased flexibility in timing that this gives our team, we are also allowing a short extension for submissions to the 2020 R&D 100 Awards, to Friday, July 24th.

Finalists for the R&D 100 will now be announced, in a press release on the R&D World homepage ( on September 21.

The R&D 100 Award winners, as well as the Special Recognition category winners, will be announced in three live webinar presentations each at 3PM EST:

  • September 29
  • September 30
  • October 1

Each day’s announcements will cover different categories from the R&D 100, and the lineup for the three days will be announced in the weeks before the webinars.

Additionally, the new R&D 100 Conference Virtual Series will debut on three successive Thursdays in November, also at 3PM EST:

  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19

Speakers and topics will be announced as the dates approach, and registration for the conference will be complimentary.

The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 56 years—with the celebration taking place at the black-tie awards presentation. The R&D 100 Conference was launched in 2015 as an executive educational event that both celebrates the historic R&D 100 Awards and provides unique opportunities for R&D professionals to learn, network and collaborate.

This year at the fifth annual R&D 100 Conference, leaders from the R&D community will gather to exchange brand-new ideas in innovation, technology transfer and R&D strategies that will transform the future of R&D across industries. Multi-disciplinary General Sessions are specially geared for today’s R&D leaders—and up-and-coming leaders—to help them tackle the most important challenges facing the R&D community right now. The conference creates a rare collaborative space where ideas flow and networking is truly special.

Together, the R&D 100 Awards presentation event and the R&D 100 Conference explore the most significant strides in R&D that you will not find elsewhere—offering an enriching, one-of-a-kind experience for R&D professionals of all levels and specialties.