The Discover Natural Fibre Initiative (DNFI) was created in January 2010 as an outgrowth of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, which had been declared by the United Nations General Assembly. DNFI is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations who work to further the interests of natural fibres by serving as a platform for information exchange, by providing statistics on fibre production and use, and by working to raise awareness of the benefits of natural fibre industries to the world economy, environment and consumers.
The 2017 DNFI Annual Innovation in Natural Fibres Award was won by Ms. Marie-Isabel Popzyk, Scientific Assistant at RWTH Aachen University and Dr. Roland Klein, Group Manager at the Fraunhofer-Institute LBF in Germany. Their submission, “Reduction of the moisture absorption of natural fibers and production of no-twist yarns for use in structural components,” showed that up to 100% bio-based, natural fibre reinforced plastics (NFRP) with low moisture absorption can be developed for application in structural components.
Awards will be judged in three categories: Innovative products/components or applications, Innovative processes/procedures, Innovative research and science.
The Evaluation criteria are outstanding scientific work and technical feasibility, the level of improvement or effectiveness of the innovation over existing products or processes, the degree to which the innovative product or process has been implemented, and potential for opening new outlets, markets or sectors for products made of natural fibres.
Deadlines: the Closing date for applications is 27 July 2018. Short-listed competitors will be notified by 1 September 2018. Worldwide voting will be conducted during September 2018, and Winners announced 8 October 2018.
Winners will be recognized by press release and announcement at the Plenary Meeting of natural fibre industry organizations.
Application and Submission forms are available on the DNFI web site (https://www.dnfi.org/dnfi-award).