Through the Society’s Honors and Awards programs, ISA administers such recognition of outstanding contributions by individuals to the Society and to the automation profession by conferring honors in appropriate categories.
 
General Policies for Recognitions and Awards
ISA does not recommend individuals for awards in other organizations. This policy, however, does not preclude individuals who are ISA members from receiving or recommending individuals for such awards.
 
Members of the ISA Honors & Awards Committee and ISA Executive Board are not eligible to receive Society awards in categories evaluated and recommended by the Honors & Awards Committee and approved by the Executive Board. Should an Honors & Awards Committee member be nominated for an award that is recommended by the Honors & Awards Committee and wish to be considered as a candidate, they must resign from the Honors & Awards Committee upon notification of nomination.
 
Members of the ISA Honors & Awards Committee may not nominate and/or formally endorse a candidate for an ISA award unless nomination by the Honors & Awards Committee is specifically designated.
 
Members of the ISA Executive Board may not nominate or formally endorse a candidate for an ISA award or grade of membership that is approved by the ISA Executive Board.
 
Members of the ISA staff are not eligible to receive ISA awards and formal recognition through programs administered by the Society Honors & Awards Committee. It is the responsibility of the Executive Director to encourage and provide recognition to staff members. In the interest of fairness and consideration for all employees, Society organizational units should refrain from singling out employees for formal, public recognition.
 
No award administered by the Honors & Awards Committee shall be named in honor of a person.
 
If included, any monetary value or honoraria should be in proper proportion to the contribution, to the Society level at which it is presented, and to the monetary value or honoraria of existing awards.
 
Criteria for Awards
The award scope should support the vision of the Society and be broad enough to cover a substantial portion of ISA activities. Competition for the award must be broad and open to a large number of people in order that the contribution is the "best" of a large number of contributions and, therefore, outstanding and worthy of special recognition to ensure that it is worthy of recognition by the Society as a whole. It is not incumbent on the Society to provide recognition of contributions to very limited area of interests. Restricted awards should be made by the particular Society unit which has jurisdiction over that specialty.
 
Award Endowments
Financial endowment of an award(s) is available to companies and individuals as follows:
 
Platinum Patron
An endowment of $50,000 establishes a perpetual, lifetime sponsorship. A Platinum patron may specify the name of the award, e.g., “Excellence in Technical Innovation endowed by UOP, a Honeywell Company,” patron’s name will also be associated with the award; patron will be offered eight complimentary tickets at a prominent table at the annual awards gala; the patron will be invited to appoint an individual to make the award presentation at the gala.
 
Gold Patron
An endowment of $25,000 establishes a perpetual, lifetime sponsorship. A Gold patron’s name would not be associated with a specific award. Gold patrons will be offered eight complimentary tickets to the annual awards gala.