This award, presented at each of W78's annual international conferences, recognizes the importance of developing top young researchers in the core field of W78, “the application of integrated IT throughout the life-cycle of the design, construction and occupancy of buildings and related facilities”. The award is named after a seminal researcher in this field who has, over his illustrious career, supervised and mentored many of the top researchers found across the world. Chuck Eastman's involvement in W78 dates back to 1988 with a keynote presentation and since then he, and his students, have been strong supporters of the annual series.

The winner of the award will be presented with a certificate, handed out in a ceremony during the conference. The awardee’s name is added to the list of winners published on the W78 web site and in future conference proceedings. The winning author will be invited to submit a revised version of the paper to the Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon).  A monetary prize will be included with the certificate given to the winner.

The main selection criterion for this award is the scientific excellence of the written paper. As a secondary, significantly less important criterion, the quality of the paper presentation will be taken into account. An award committee, announced by the W78 board, will cast its vote after the presentations at the conference.