Instituted in 1988 to recognize and promote quality contributions to scholarly research and writing among professionals who contribute and present papers at the annual NEAIR conference.
Established in 1998 to encourage and recognize new NEAIR conference presenters who demonstrate commendable research in their first scholarly papers.
Created in 2005 to recognize the many reports and practitioner papers that are written by NEAIR members. This award is intended as a venue for those reports and presentations that are not necessarily suited for submission to the Best Paper Award, which tends to include more scholarly research.
NEAIR Best Paper Award recipient is also invited to present the paper at the AIR Forum Best Regional Papers session. The author is not obligated to accept the AIR invitation, and neither AIR nor NEAIR contribute funding for AIR Forum attendance.