The Khwarizmi Youth Award (KYA) is annually organized to recognize research contributions made by young scientists (up to 35 years old), students and researchers at universities, industry and technology parks and incubators. From the 3rd session to the 12th session of the Khwarizmi International Award (KIA), the great participation of young researchers led to the creation of the Khwarizmi Youth Award (KYA). As such, criteria were defined; scientific committees were composed and an appropriate national policy was determined to channel the efforts and applications.
For the KIA, the Khwarizmi Youth Award was a new experience. In 1999, the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) established a separate secretariat and appointed a chairman for the KYA. By doing so, IROST pursued its own mission through encouraging creativity among young scientists and researchers. With the creation of the KYA, educational institutions were encouraged to promote research within their programs.
The KYA has become a goal for many young scientists who have spent hours of hard efforts on research work. The KYA has organized the vast entry and appropriate evaluation of the applications. Each year, universities, research institutions and industries announce the annual call for participation in this Award so that no academic year ends without the introduction of young researchers to this Award.
Since its inception, KYA has received a huge number of applications from young researchers. All these applications entered the competition and followed a meticulous evaluation process. Since the 16th session (2015), international organizations, namely, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) have willingly provided support (special prizes) to KYA Laureates.