IGA Research Award

IGA awards substantial prize money to support research on cooperatives, especially in the Alpine region.

Latest award winners

Dr Peter Suter (2019): “Volunteer Engagement in Housing Co-operatives: Civile Society en miniature”

Dr Sana'a Wittmann (2019): “Der Zusammenbruch der Bayerischen Raiffeisen-Zentralkasse” (The fall of the Bavarian Raiffeisen Central Bank)


Research Award guidelines (excerpt)

for the International Institute for Alpine Cooperative Research
(hereinafter called “IGA”)

Section 1 – Purpose

IGA awards prizes to support research on cooperatives, especially in the Alpine region, for the following types of papers with a maximum length of 20 pages (also for excerpts):

Academic scientific papers by academics at German-speaking universities or universities of applied sciences, such as graded master/diploma theses and dissertations.

Publications: essays/articles published (or accepted for publication) by scientists or students at German-speaking universities or universities of applied sciences in magazines or other publications. 

Section 2 – Category of applicants

The Research Award can only be granted to the same individual once.

Section 3 – Decision

The IGA Scientific Advisory Board evaluates the submitted papers.

The Scientific Advisory Board may obtain an expert opinion on every paper submitted. In addition to the scientific quality of the papers, their relevance to IGA’s goals is considered as an evaluation criterion. The Scientific Advisory Board makes the decision in a non-public session and then puts forward the nominees for the award to the Association Board. The final decision is made by the Board with no option of recourse to legal action.

Only university professors or recognised specialists in the respective field can be consulted for an expert evaluation of the papers. 

Upon reaching a decision to award the prize, the next step is to judge if and in which publication series the paper should be published.

Section 4 – Research Award sum and financing

Every year, up to EUR 7,500.00 will be awarded.  

If more than one paper is recognised as being deserving of the award, a maximum of three people can be appointed as awardees.

The prize money per individual must not exceed EUR 3,500.00.

Section 5 – Publications

The awardee agrees to make the results of the research available for publication by IGA. 

Section 6 – Organisational steps

Applications for the IGA Research Award are to be submitted to the IGA Executive Board.

Applications should include:

  • the candidate’s CV in written form
  • a printed and a digital version of the paper
  • written proof of grading (if applicable) and/or
  • a transcript/copy of the first and, where appropriate, second expert opinion (if applicable)

Papers can be submitted on or before 31st May of every year.

The Scientific Advisory Board is to be notified immediately if the submitted paper has also been presented for a prize awarded by another organisation.

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