NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards

2023 NTSA Modeling & Simulation Awards Call for Nominations will be announced June 5.  

M&S Award Schedule

June 5                            Call for Nominations Opens
August 25                       Deadline for Submissions
Beginning of October     Winners are notified
November 28                 M&S Awards are presented at the NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards Dinner
(dinner is by invitation only) during I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL

Award Categories

Nominations (for individuals or teams) may be submitted for outstanding achievement in the following categories. Be sure to identify the correct category (see below) for your submission / nomination.

The Education / Human Performance track seeks nominations that discuss the development and application of instructional strategies, methods, theories, and best practices that promote or advance learning and / or focus on the human dimension, addressing humans as an integral component within systems and in mission accomplishment. Nominations should clearly articulate recent and innovative advances in the development and application of standards, methods, theories and strategies across all phases of the learning lifecycle (analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation) to promote and/or accelerate learning. Emerging areas of interest include but are not limited to leveraging strategies that include virtual, mobile, social, blended, and adaptive learning and / or that leverage and extend the capabilities of an individual or team during training, and/or impact learning transfer and operations.

The Training Systems Acquisition track seeks nominations related to issues associated with the acquisition of training devices, training simulations, and training services. Nominations are sought that provide insight into innovative approaches for acquiring, implementing, and sustaining these capabilities. Industry submittals might characterize internal innovative processes or techniques to streamline development and delivery while meeting required capabilities in this supply chain challenged environment. Government submittals might address innovative or new contracting approaches or acquisition strategies used to efficiently acquire and/or update training devices, simulators, and services. As such any nomination should provide qualitative and quantitative data to help substantiate outcomes.

The Simulation / Training track seeks nominations that discuss the application of innovative concepts, methods, and technologies to create effective simulation solutions, whether for training or non-training applications. Popular topic areas include AR/VR, agile and adaptive training strategies; integration techniques; simulation system interoperability; individual and collective team training; crew coordination; legacy system upgrades; and modeling and simulation for experimentation, research, concept development, and weapon system acquisition. Evaluations of simulation effectiveness and lessons learned, documented with quantifiable data, are encouraged.

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes a candidate's significant and substantial contributions over the whole of a career to establishing Modeling and Simulation as a discipline in academia, industry, and/or the government. This award is intended to recognize individuals whose contributions have demonstrated repeated outstanding achievements of a lasting impact. The nomination should clearly reflect the candidate's outstanding contributions to the M&S industry, notable successes achieved during their lifetime, and commitment to nurturing the robust evolution of the M&S profession. The significant nature of the candidate's contributions should be supported by an explanation of their impact on the ways in which certain aspects of modeling and simulation activity are carried out or approached.

Click to view/download/print M&S Award Categories and Criteria informational document.

Submission Instructions - the submission link will open June 5

You will be asked to complete the following nomination information:

  • Award Type - whether Individual or Team

  • Award Category - please select the appropriate award category

  • Nominee Information - nominee information (Individual or Team)

  • Submitter Information - person making the nomination

  • Reference Information - contact person that we can refer nomination questions

  • Description of Achievement - keep to no more than 750 words - nominations should include (as applicable):

    • Introduction and background (including size and history of program as relevant)
    • Technical approach and/or methods
    • Innovations, new use(s) of technology, research finding, etc.
    • Lessons learned, benefits, and verifiable measurable improvements
    • Conclusions.

Nominee(s) Biography - biography of individual or summary of team; not to exceed 50 words per biography

Proposed Citation - a concise (75 words or less) proposed citation that highlights specific achievements and is suitable to be read at the awards ceremony

Customer References and Testimonials (optional) - we encourage independent customer references and testimonials to support the nomination. You may submit up to two testimonials for the Education/Human Performance, Training Systems Acquisition and Simulation/Training categories and up to four testimonials for the Lifetime Achievement. Testimonials may be emailed to Carol Dwyer at cdwyer@NTSA.org.

Additional Information

  • You do not have to be a NTSA member to submit a nomination.
  • The M&S Awards are intended to recognize outstanding achievements or innovations by individuals or teams of individual.
  • Submissions should not be a training product, program or service "sales pitch" or marketing effort.
  • Only one nomination accepted between the four categories. Please do not enter the same nomination under multiple categories.
  • You may submit a nomination that was submitted in previous years.
  • 2020, 2021, and 2022 M&S Award winners will not be considered for 2023 awards. See Past Award Winners link on right for previous award winners.

Questions? Please contact Carol Dwyer at cdwyer@NTSA.org or (703) 247-9471.

The submission link will open June 5.  

NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards