In 1998 John M. Chambers (now a member of R-core) won the ACM Software System Award for the S Language, which (in the words of the committee) "forever altered how people analyze, visualize, and manipulate data". John graciously donated the prizemoney to support budding researchers in statistical computing: his Statistical Software Award has been granted annually since 2000.
For the 2015 award, an individual or a team can apply:
Teams of up to 3 people can participate in the competition, with the cash award being split among team members. The travel allowance will be given to just one individual in the team, who will be presented the award at JSM. To be eligible, the team must have designed and implemented a piece of statistical software. The individual within the team indicated to receive the travel allowance must have begun the development while a student, and must either currently be a student, or have completed all requirements for her/his last degree after January 1, 2014.
Most of the previous winners have used R in their submissions. For more details on the award, which carries a cash award of $1000, plus a substantial allowance for travel to the annual Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), follow the link below. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5:00pm EST, Tuesday Friday, March 6, 2015 (the date in the link has not been updated).
John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award 2015: Announcement