Military Simulation and Training Magazine’s 2020 Industry Awards Program

Submission deadline: Thursday, May 28, 2020

MS&T’s Simulation and Training Awards Program showcases the people, products, processes, and organizations that provide exceptional value to our military clients. Many metrics are used to describe value, but the underlying principle is that value ultimately resides in how well the client is enabled in achieving their goals. Value is about outcomes and is often expressed in terms of change in areas such as resource use, effectiveness, efficiency, time, access, or readiness, or even capability. You will have 8 weeks to prepare your submission.

How It Works

Nominations for awards in each of the award categories will be sought during the nomination period. Guidance for submissions is included in the detailed descriptions for each category. MS&T invites all industry readers to submit nominations in any or all categories. A separate standalone submission that meets the criteria and guidelines for each category is required for each award consideration. Nominations for 2020 will open on Monday, March 23. The final deadline to receive all submissions is Thursday, May 28 at 9pm UTC/5pm EDT.

A panel of MS&T editors and invited participants will evaluate the submissions for each category. Care will be taken to ensure that “conflict of interest” situations do not arise. For each category, each member of the panel will assess each submission against the criteria outlined for each category. The assessment will be based solely on the qualitative and quantitative data submitted. Each criterion is rated on a scale of 0 to 5. The presence of relevant testimonials that support the narrative will be acknowledged with 1 point where noted. Submissions are ranked according to the total points awarded. The panel will select up to three finalists in each category from the top ranking submissions. Should the panel determine there are too few quality entries in any category to support an award, MS&T reserves the right to not propose a slate of finalists.

Readers’ Choice
MS&T print, digital and newsletter subscribers will be asked to select the winner of each category by voting online for the best finalist in each category. The voting period and directions will be announced by email. Voters will be able to review finalists’ edited submission summaries prior to casting their ballot. MS&T editors will prepare the summaries.

Finalists in each category will receive a plaque. The Readers’ Choice in each category will receive a crystal award trophy and a featured position in the Awards issue of MS&T. Awards will be presented during I/ITSEC via invitations by MS&T staff.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards are now open.  Please click on each of the following six award categories for guidelines and to submit your nomination.  

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. [click here]

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. [click here]

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. [click here]

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. [click here]

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. [click here]

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. [click here]

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. 

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

28 May – 24 June 2020: MS&T evaluator panel’s review period to determine top finalists in each category and prepare finalist summaries.  

Week of 29 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.

16 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