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The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is an
International organization which promotes research of importance to the evolution of the Internet by creating focused, long-term Research Groups working on topics related to Internet protocols, applications, architecture and technology.<ref>[http://irtf.org/ irtf.org]</ref>IRTF focuses on longer term research issues related to the Internet.
The Internet Activities Board
([[IAB]] ) is the parent organization of the IRTF, and [[IETF]] is it's sister organization.<ref>[http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/cerf.shtml isoc.org]</ref>
[[IAB]] appoints the Chair of the IRTF. The IRTF Chair in consultation with the Internet Research Steering Group
([[IRSG]] ) manages the IRTF. The [[IRSG]] membership includes the IRTF Chair, the chairs of the various Research Groups and other individuals (members at large) from the research community selected by the IRTF Chair . IRTF has started the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) from the year 2010. The winners of the first award are Mattia Rossi and Beichuan Zhang.