Military Simulation and Training Magazine’s 2020 Industry Awards Program

MS&T’s Industry Simulation and Training Awards program will kick off on March 23, 2020. This annual program recognizes excellence in the international defense community, showcasing the people, products, processes, and organizations that provide exceptional value to our military clients. Everything you need to know to prepare a winning submission will be available on the Awards website when the submission period opens. You will have 8 weeks to prepare your submission.

What are the six award categories this year?

Outstanding Innovative Product
This award recognizes innovative products that provide enhanced value to the military client’s education, training or human performance domains. The category includes products such as instructional media, training devices or components, content development tools, analysis and evaluation tools and methods, and performance support.

Outstanding VR/AR/MR Application
This award recognizes the innovative use of VR/AR/MR technologies to develop effective and efficient training and performance support interventions. Application of VR/AR/MR spans a broad continuum ranging from individual and team training to individual and team performance support.

Outstanding Service and Support Program
This award recognizes those exemplary programs that provide outstanding value to clients. The category includes but is not limited to programs such as training as a service, long-term maintenance, management of facilities, exercise support, or any other long-term service and support arrangement.

Outstanding Training System Integration Project
This award recognizes projects that have designed, developed, integrated and delivered complex training systems with a delivery date within the past three years. An outstanding training system integration project is one that has not only met or exceeded the project success criteria but also provides exceptional value to the client as the positive impacts on the client organization or environment.

Small Business of the Year
This award recognizes exemplary small businesses in the military S&T domain. Our definition of a small business is “a non-subsidiary, independent firm that employs fewer than 50 employees.” An exemplary small business leverages human capital, innovation and agility to grow and meet client needs, while cultivating a growing technical and social influence in the community.

Pioneer Award
The defense S&T community plays an essential role in supporting military commanders’ development and maintenance of capability and readiness. Within this community there are individuals who demonstrate outstanding and significant technical and social leadership. This Award recognizes their contribution to the defense S&T community.

The Timeline

23 March 2020: Awards submission period opens.  

  • MS&T will invite all subscribers via email to enter submissions for the 2020 Industry Awards.  The email will include instructions and guidelines for all six award categories. 
  • MS&T will also post awards submission invitation and instructions to website, and include in weekly MS&T eNewsletters and social media pages. 

15 May 2020 at 9pm UTC/5pm EDT: Deadline to receive all submissions.

18 May – 19 June 2020: MS&T evaluator panel’s review period to determine top finalists in each category and prepare finalist summaries.  

Week of 22 June 2020 

  • All Finalists will be contacted directly about their achievement in awards status by MS&T staff via email.
  • MS&T will announce the list of Finalists via press release for wide distribution.
  • Voting for the winner in each of the six award categories begins.  MS&T will provide the voting link and instructions via email invitation to all subscribers, as well as announce in MS&T’s weekly eNewsletter, website, and social media pages.

13 July 2020 at 9pm UTC/5pm EDT: Voting ends.

10 August 2020:  MS&T’s 2020 Awards Issue (Issue 3) is published online including the announcement of Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions in each category.  MS&T will issue a press release for wide distribution.


Q: I would like to receive 2020 MS&T Industry Awards program emails, how can I sign-up?
A: Please email to request to be added to our awards program email list.

Q: I would like to subscribe to MS&T Magazine, how can I sign-up for a subscription?
A: Click here to subscribe for digital and/or print issues of MS&T Magazine.

Q: I would like to see the list of 2019 Winners, where can I find that?
A: Click here to view the online listing of 2019 Winners for each award category.  You may also view MS&T’s 2019 Awards Issue, including the full listing of Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions by clicking here. For additional questions about MS&T’s Industry Awards program, please contact Holly Foster at