Outstanding Research Award

This award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made significant and lasting research contributions to the theory or practice of software engineering.

The award recipients share a $1000 honorarium, and each recipient receives a plaque engraved with their name and signed by the chair of SIGSOFT. The award is announced by the SIGSOFT chair at ICSE during ICSE's award presentation session. The award recipients are invited to give a keynote presentation at the SIGSOFT FSE conference in the year in which the award is made. Each award recipient also receives travel support up to $2500 within their home continent and up to $3000 outside their home continent, including airfare, hotel, and conference registration to attend the agreed-upon conference.

The selection committee is appointed by the SIGSOFT chair and consists of a combination of recent recipients of the award and current SIGSOFT executive committee members. The committee solicits nominations from the software engineering community in a variety of ways including announcements in SIGSOFT's newsletter, Software Engineering Notes, and postings on appropriate newsgroups and websites. The committee considers all external nominations, plus any internal nominations from members of the committee, in the context of the nominees' research contributions to software engineering.

To submit a nomination for the award, please use the awards nomination portal. Nominations are due no later than December 15 of each year.

If you have questions about this award, please contact sigsoft-research-award (at) acm (dot) org.


2021Prem Devanbu, UC Davis, for profoundly changing the way researchers think about software by exploring connections between source code and natural language
2020Michael Ernst
2019Mark Harman
2018Andreas Zeller
2017Daniel Jackson
2016James Herbsleb
2015Carlo Ghezzi
2014Alexander Wolf
2013David Notkin
2012Lori Clarke
2011David Garlan and Mary Shaw
2010Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides (posthumously)
2009Richard N. Taylor
2008Axel van Lamsweerde
2007Elaine J. Weyuker
2006David Harel
2005Jeff Kramer and Jeff Magee
2004Nancy Leveson
2003Leon J. Osterweil
2002Gerard Holzmann
2001Michael Jackson
2000Victor Basili
1999Harlan Mills (one-time posthumous)
1999Niklaus Wirth
1998David Parnas
1997Barry Boehm



  • Marsha Chechik (Chair)
  • Mark Harman
  • Jane Cleland-Huang
  • Massimiliano Di Penta