Paper Competition

CIGRE-US National Committee Next Generation Network (NGN) is holding a synopsis (abstract) and paper competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry.

The CIGRE-US NGN synopsis template document must be used to format the synopsis for submittal. A list of preferred topics to align with the 2022 Grid of the Future symposium call for papers can be found here. Paper topic selection from this list is encouraged but not required. The authors of the top ten synopses will prepare technical papers according to the 2022 CIGRE-US NGN paper template document. The authors of the top five papers will present their papers at the 2022 Grid of the Future conference, where one grand prize will be awarded.


To qualify for the competition, you must fulfill both requirements 1 and 2:

  • 1) Be a current CIGRE member located in the United States. 2022 student membership is free!
    Register here.
  • 2) Be either a or b
    • a) Undergraduate student or graduate student with interest in power systems, or
    • b) Power system professional with 10 years or less full-time experience. Power system experience for this competition is classified as any full-time experience beyond the last degree received in the power field.


April 1, 2022

Synopsis Due

April 22, 2022

Top 10 notified of synopsis acceptance

July 1, 2022

Top 10 participants submit papers

August 26, 2022

Top 5 participants notified of paper acceptance

November 7, 2022 

Top 5 participants present at the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium

November 8, 2022 

The first-place winner will be announced at GOTF 2022

The Symposium scope covers the following general topics:

Enhancing Grid Resilience: Infrastructure Resilience, Microgrids, Resilience
Quantification, Big Data for Resilience, Resilience Planning, Aging
Infrastructure & Asset Management, FLISR, DC Microgrids, Proactive
Reconfiguration, Community Resilience, Localized Resilience Benefits,
Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), Mobile Storage, Long Duration
Storage, Wind and Solar Integration

Grid Operation, Automation & Management: Modern Energy Management
Systems (EMS), ADMS, Renewable Integration, Solar & Storage Microgrid,
Long-Duration Storage, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, Innovations in
Battery Chemistry, Battery Diagnostics, Cybersecurity Standards, Advanced
Communication Applications, Fiber, LTE, 5G, Broadband, IoT-based Wireless
Technologies, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Edge Computing, Smart EV Charging, Vehicle-
to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X)

Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Risk to System Assets, Managing the
Impact of Decarbonization, Improving Grid Biodiversity, Innovative T&D
Engineering to Limit Environmental Impacts, Life-Cycle Assessment,
Generation Planning, Policies and Regulations, Migration Effects, Clean
Energy During Pandemic and Global Unrest, Distribution Markets

Intelligent Protection and Controls: Voltage Optimization, T&D Monitoring,
Adaptive Relaying, Automation and Restoration, Bi-directional Power Flow,
IEC 61850, Digital Substation, System Reconfiguration, DERMS, Home and
Building Automation, DER Protection Study, DER Integration and Control

Beneficial Electrification: Smart Cities, Smart Villages, Smart Homes, Managed Charging, Fleet Electrification, Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X), Autonomous Vehicles, Extreme Fast Charging, Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV), Wireless Charging, Building Electrification, Conservation Voltage Reduction, Industrial Electrification

T&D Modeling, Sensors and Data Analytics: Real-time Modeling, Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL), Control-HIL, Digital-Twin, DER Modeling, Hybrid AC-DC Systems, Cyber-Attack Modeling, EV Modeling and Simulation, EV Planning Studies, Synchrophasor Technology, Power Quality, AMI Data, Bellwether Meters, Low-Cost Sensors, Big Data, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning


  • Each participant submits a synopsis by 4/1/22. They will receive confirmation of their synopsis’ receipt.
  • Ten participants will be selected to submit full papers. The ten participants will be notified no later than 4/22/22.
  • The ten selected participants will submit full papers by 7/1/22.
  • Five participants will be selected to present their papers at the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium. They will receive notification no later than 8/26/22.
  • The five participants will each present at the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium on  November 7, 2022 during the Symposium in Chicago, Illinois. Each participant will have ten minutes for their presentation, followed by five minutes of Q&A.
  • The first-place winner will be announced on November 8, 2022 at the Grid of the Future Symposium.


  • All top five participants will receive complimentary Grid of the Future Symposium registration ($500 value).
  • The winning participant will have an option to choose between a registration to the 2024 CIGRE Paris Session or 2023 CIGRE Grid of the Future (GOTF) Symposium. In either case the winner will receive up to the $1000 travel stipend as well as the opportunity to submit for a presentation slot.
  • All prizes are contingent on attendance at the events.


All participants must send their synopsis using the synopsis template provided by 4/1/22 to

The top ten participants must send their paper using the paper template provided by 7/1/22 to


  • 1. During the synopsis step, if the participant’s synopsis is not selected to prepare a paper, participants are encouraged to prepare a paper based on the synopsis and submit it for the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium.
  • 2. If a participant’s paper is selected as one of the top 5 to presented at the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium, they may submit to the NGN competition ONLY. Do not submit for the Grid of the Future Symposium also.
  • 3. If the participant’s paper is not selected to be in the top 5 papers, the participant is encouraged to submit the paper to the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium. The deadline for submission will be extended to accommodate NGN paper competition participants.


Please contact NGN at with any questions or clarifications.

2021 Paper Competition Winner

The winner of the 2021 Grid of the Future Paper Competition is Kristine Engel.

Kristine Engel’s Paper