ISTVS-supported collaborative research proposals framework

Call for proposals

The ISTVS BoD invites researchers to apply for student support funding to sponsor activities where members will make a contribution in areas such as the following:

1) Develop and validate ISTVS standards (currently the highest ISTVS priority)

2) Addressing specific research challenges that hinder the progress in terra-mechanics and off-road vehicle dynamics. These can include tires, case studies for model development and testing procedures.

3) Compiling a database of resources (test equipment, facilities, expertise, capabilities and interests) from all universities and agencies represented in ISTVS.

4) Developing curriculum or course materials for Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Dynamics.

5) Conference travel grants for students or young professionals at underserved universities or countries, or others as benefits ISTVS.

6) other topics and ideas of benefit to ISTVS and the field of Terramechanics.

The funding should be used to facilitate collaboration between multiple institutions so that real, tangible progress can be made on the chosen topic for the benefit of ISTVS.

The call for proposals will be advertised on the ISTVS web page, ISTVS newsletter, and email.  All investigators must be active ISTVS members.

Proposal action dates

1. Proposals must be submitted to the General Secretary, Dr. Lutz Richter by 15 March 2015:

2. Proposals will be assembled and sent to the  ISTVS Research Grant Awards Committee by 30 March 2015. The evaluation committee will consist of 3-4 active ISTVS members to consist of the GS and DGS for each region, or their designee.

3. The committee will present their recommendation to the BoD by 15 May 2015.

4. Funding will be made available by 15 Sept 2015.

5. Awardees will be announced at the next ISTVS regional and International Conferences and advertised in the ISTVS website. 

6. Each project funded will be assigned a Project Technical Adviser (PTA) who will be responsible for technical evaluation of results according to the proposal and to act as a contact point between ISTVS and the granted Institution/Individual

7. Request for renewal/extension of proposals for years 2 and 3 should be received, together with the appropriate progress report and deliverables promised in the previous year, by 1 year after the receipt of funding. 

8. Renewals/extensions can be decided by the BoD, by e-mail ballot, with a qualified majority decision of 2/3rds based on the evaluation of the contents of the application and evaluation of the PTA in charge.

Proposal evaluation

  1. The proposals will be reviewed by the ISTVS Research Grant Awards Committee.
  2. The committee will provide the following to the BoD: 1) a list of title and author for all proposals received, 2) the full proposals recommended for funding, and 3) the proposed amount of funding that should be contributed from each region. 
  3. The BoD will make the final approval through e-mail voting.

Proposal guidelines

1. Keep the proposal short and concise (2 pages)

2. Content of proposal:

  • Goal/scope of the proposal

  • Significance of the work proposed for ISTVS (both technically and in terms of professional training/education of future generations)

  • Work proposed (clear tasks identified with expected outcomes for each)
  • Project development/management (where will the work be conducted, who does what, travel planned, etc.)
  • Funding requested and how it will be spent
  • The plan should be for 1 to 3 years, with year 1 tasks detailed, and funding for years 2 and 3 depending on the outcomes of year 1. The deliverables should include at least one ISTVS conference paper presentation or poster, and/or one Journal of Terramechanics publication, unless otherwise agreed upon, and a significant contribution to ISTVS goals and mission,
  • Clarify the cost per region for multi-region proposals.
  • Proposals are estimated to be in the range of 1000 to 5000 USD, although these are only guidelines.

3. A one-page bio for each principal investigator (PI) must be attached as an appendix. The bio should highlight work of interest to ISTVS and note service and involvement to the organization.  Full and Student members are eligible.

Proposals must be submitted by 15 March 2015 to the ISTVS General Secretary, Dr. Lutz Richter at

Awards bestowed at 18th International Conference
Seoul, Korea, September 22-25, 2014

St. Christopher Lecture
Dr. Tae Kyeong Yeu
“Remote control of a deep-seabed mining robot vehicle on extremely cohesive soft soil”

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award
Prof. Radhey Lal Kushwaha
Professor Emeritus
in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Dr. Taizo Kobayashi
Associate Professor Graduate School of Engineering (Architecture and Civil Engineering)
University of Fukui, Japan

St. Christopher Lecture

Since 1966, ISTVS has honored distinguished workers in the field of terrain-vehicle interaction by offering them the opportunity to deliver the St. Christopher Lecture at an international ISTVS conference, held every three years.

Named for the patron saint of travelers, this is the highest award offered by the society. The recipient need not be an ISTVS member. Selection and invitation of recipients is the responsibility of the conference organizing committee.

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award

This award was established in 2002 and honors exceptional research and/or industrial achievements in engineering practice of the principles of terramechanics.

The award recognizes the exceptional contributions of Dr. M. G. Bekker, Dr. A. R. Reece, and Professor N. W. Radforth to the field of terramechanics and to the ISTVS.

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award for Young Engineers/Scientists

This award was established in 1995 to recognize the achievements of members under forty years of age for outstanding accomplishments. The award is named after Professors Walter Söhne, Shojiro Hata, and Walter Jurecka in recognition of their efforts to promote young people.

Candidates for the award are nominated by National Secretaries to the President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, and Deputy General Secretaries.

ISTVS Award Programs


The Soehne-Hata-Jurecka Award


The Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award


To commend members of the ISTVS for outstanding achievements in our field, the Soehne-Hata-Jurecka Award and the Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award were established in 1996 and 2002, respectively. The awards are presented to the recipients by the President at the ISTVS International Conference held every three years An endowment fund has been set up to support the awards. Further donations to the endowment fund by organizations or by individuals are most welcome.

Next awards will be presented at the 18th ISTVS International Conference to be held in Seoul, South Korea, 2014. Nominations for the next awards are now invited from members of ISTVS.

Selection Criteria

Soehne-Hata-Jurecka Award

  1. Members of the ISTVS forty-years old or younger on 31 March, 2014.
  2. Distinguished self by one or more of the following accomplishments:
    • outstanding publication records both in quality and quantity;
    • development of significant new understanding of phenomena related to the interaction between machines and the environment;
    • design of terrain-vehicle or terrain-machine systems that radically improves their ability to accomplish a task or process;
    • achieving a major breakthrough in the application of research results to practical problems;
    • introducing equipment, machinery and/or techniques into one or more developing countries resulting in an advance in the quality of life or in the economic base;
    • establishing academic programs that increase and promote the use of research results in the solution of national or international problems related to the appropriate use of natural resources.

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award

  1. Members of the ISTVS of any age, with at least three years of continuing membership.
  2. Distinguished self by one or more of the following accomplishments: a. outstanding research achievements that have led to major improvements in engineering practice in off-road vehicle, soil engaging equipment or related industries; b. exceptional engineering achievements in product innovation or product development and design in off-road vehicle, soil engaging equipment or related industries.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

  1. A candidate for an award may be nominated by a member and seconded by another member of the ISTVS in good standing. The proposer and the seconder should jointly submit relevant information in no more than two pages (A4 or 8 1/2 x 11) on the candidate, including his/her date of birth (for candidates of the Soehne-Hata-Jurecka Award), education, work experience, and reasons for the nomination in relation to the selection criteria for a particular award.
  2. Submissions should be forwarded by e-mail as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format, whenever possible, no later than March 31, 2014 to:

Professor Kazuyoshi Tateyama
Chair, ISTVS Committee on Awards Program
Mailing address:
College of Science and Engineering
Ritsumeikan University
Noji-higashi, Kusatsu 525-8577, Japan
Fax: +81-77-561-3024

  1. Submissions will be evaluated by the ISTVS Committee on Awards Program, consisting of the Chair and three members representing the regions of the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe-Africa. Recommendations of the Committee will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the ISTVS for consideration and approval.
  2. The current ISTVS Committee on Awards Program consists of:

Chair: Professor Kazuyoshi Tateyama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Professor Jo Y. Wong, Carleton University, Canada
Professor Iwan Wasterlund, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Professor Kyeong Uk Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea

December 5, 2012

Past Recipients

17th International Conference

Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 2011

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Ray Arvidson
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award
Dr. Anders Bodin
Alvis Hägglunds AB, Sweden

16th International Conference

Turin, Italy, 2008

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Ronie Navon
Professor, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award
Yukio Nakajima
Director of Engineering
Tire Research Department, Bridgestone Corp., Japan

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Dr. Guido Korlath
Director of Engineering
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

15th International Conference

Hayama, Japan, 2005

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Yasunori Matogawa
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award
Mr. Robert D. Wismer
Vice President, Deere & Company, USA

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Dr. Junya Yamakawa
Associate Professor, Director of Engineering
National Defense Academy, Japan

14th International Conference

Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, 2002

St. Christopher Lecture
Dr. Ronald A. Liston
The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, USA

Bekker-Reece-Radforth Award
Mr. Alfons Falk
Haegglunds Vehicle AB, Sweden

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Wolfgang Fervers
Hamburg University of Applied Science, Germany

13th International Conference

Munich, Germany, 1999

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Iwan Wästerlund
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Dr. Niki C. Deliman
Research scientist, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

12th International Conference

Beijing, China, 1996

St. Christopher Lecture
Mr. Henry C. Hodges, Sr.
CEO, Hodges Transportation Inc. Nevada, USA

Söhne-Hata-Jurecka Award
Dr. Kazuyoshi Tateyama
Director of Engineering, Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Japan

11th International Conference

Incline Village, Nevada, USA, 1993

St. Christopher Lecture
Dr. F. Kovac
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, USA

10th International Conference

Kobe, Japan, 1990

St. Christopher Lecture
Dr. K.-J. Melzer
Battelle Motor, Germany

9th International Conference

Barcelona, Spain, 1987

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Alessandro Orlandi
Università degli Studi, Bologna, Italy

8th International Conference

Cambridge, England, 1984

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Masanori Kitano
National Defense Academy, Japan

7th International Conference

Calgary, Canada, 1981

St. Christopher Lecture
Professor Walter Jurecka
Institute of Construction Management and Economics, Technical University Vienna, Austria

6th International Conference

Vienna, Austria, 1978

Dr. A. J. Soltynski
St. Christopher Lecture

5th International Conference

Detroit, USA, 1975

St. Christopher Lecture
Dr. Ernest N. Petrick
Chief Scientist, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command

4th International Conference

Stockholm, Sweden, 1972
St. Christopher Lecture
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3rd International Conference

Essen, Germany, 1969

Dr. Walter Söhne
St. Christopher Lecture

2nd International Conference

Quebec, Canada, 1965

Dr. A. R. Reece
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Concluding remarks

Dr. M. G. Bekker
Inaugural St. Christopher Lecture

1st International Conference

Turin, Italy, 1961

Dr. M. G. Bekker
Concluding remarks