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The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning is pleased to announce the Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award that will be presented at the Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines in Arlington, Va. on February 20-22, 2018. This Best Paper Award is the next in a series of awards that will recognize authors from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines that relate to financial planning.

The Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award will be awarded to the scholar with the best paper in the area of Insurance/Risk Management, with implications for financial planning practice.

Building on the success of last February’s inaugural event, the 2018 Colloquium will gather the global academic community to showcase rigorous and relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines that directly or indirectly relates to financial planning practice and the body of knowledge.

This Best Paper Award carries with it a $2,500 cash prize for the author(s) of the winning paper.

“The Center for Financial Planning is working to expand the body of knowledge within the financial planning profession, which will ultimately improve and strengthen financial planning practice,” said Dr. Charles Chaffin, Director of the Center’s Academic Home. “We appreciate Northwestern Mutual’s support in recognizing the important work of insurance and risk management researchers.”

The criteria for this award include:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question(s) that relate to Insurance/Risk Management with implications for financial planning practice
  • Clarity of research question(s)
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Contribution to the body of knowledge of financial planning

A complete list of Best Paper Awards that will be awarded at the Academic Research Colloquium is available at

Additional Details

The Best Paper Award winner will be selected from among the complete papers submitted for presentation at the Colloquium. A selection committee will review all submissions, with each submission reviewed anonymously by at least two peer reviewers.

The winning paper’s author (or at least one of the authors if there is more than one) must be registered for the Colloquium to receive the award. The recipient of this award will be announced during the Academic Research Colloquium.
The Colloquium will be held February 20-22, 2018 in Arlington, Va.

Paper Submission Deadline: September 15, 2017

A reminder regarding the submission

  • Email your paper or abstract to
  • Include a cover page for the abstract or paper with the following details:
  • Names, addresses, and institutional affiliations of all authors, with one author listed as the primary contact person
  • Whether the submission should be considered for a paper presentation or a panel discussion
    • Important details:
  • The names and affiliations of the author(s) should not appear on the paper itself
  • One author from each accepted paper must be registered for the Colloquium prior to October 31, 2017
  • Papers already accepted for publication in a refereed journal will not be considered
  • Submitted abstracts are expected to result in completed papers before presentation at the colloquium
  • Authors of accepted papers will also be asked to serve as discussants for other papers

Please Note: Authors who plan to present at the Colloquium only need to submit an abstract by the submission deadline of September 15, 2017; however, to be eligible for the Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award, the author(s) must submit a complete paper by the submission deadline. Access the Call for Papers and Posters for additional information.


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About the CFP Board center for financial planning

The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning seeks to create a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession so that every American has access to competent and ethical financial planning advice. The Center brings together CFP® professionals, firms, educators, researchers and experts to address profession-wide challenges in the areas of diversity and workforce development, and to build an academic home that offers opportunities for conducting and publishing new research that adds to the financial planning body of knowledge


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