The award was created in 2017 in partnership between the Académie des Sciences and Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) to reward outstanding scientific contributions in the fields of digital transformation; engineering for energy and the environment; and materials and manufacturing. The 2020 ceremony will be entirely virtual and will be held on 1 December. It will reward two researchers, who specialize respectively in audio signal processing and identification and in low-cost RFID sensors for identification applications.