Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations for the 2019 Innovations in American Government Award are now closed. Please email with any questions.


Q: How do I include supplementary materials – i.e., articles and reports?
A: We do not accept supplementary materials, and they will not be included with your application or reviewed.

Q: If a question doesn't apply to me, should I leave it blank or type in "N/A"?
A: Leave it blank unless it is required (*) – otherwise type in N/A.

Q: What if my essays exceed the word limit? Will evaluators see my entire response?
A: The word limit is not enforced through the application page to allow for individual discretion, meaning Innovations staff will see your entire response. Please note that if your response exceeds the word limit to a degree that our team feels is excessive, you may be asked to edit your response.

Q: Can I import my essays from another document?
A: Yes. You may copy and paste data from other documents directly into the online application. Please note, however, that the online application converts your data to simple text so some of the formatting may be lost.

Q: Do you have any guidelines for writing the essays?
A: Yes. Please click here to visit our tips page.

Q: Why am I not receiving an email acknowledging receipt of my application?
A: Check your email address and make sure it is correct and valid. If the email address appears valid, check your junk mail or spam mail folder, the message may have been redirected there.

Q: Do you accept paper applications?
A: No. The application process is now completely electronic. If you are unable to submit an online application, please call the Innovations office (800-722-0074).

Q: What is your privacy policy?
A: Preliminary application materials are shared with Innovations evaluators, scholars, and may be shared with the general public as deemed appropriate by Innovations Award staff. Second round application materials are only shared with the applicant's permission. Please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 

Q: What if I decide not to apply and would like to rescind my application?
A: Please send an email including your username and program name to, and we will remove it from the database.

Q: Can I make changes to my application after it has been submitted?
A: No. Please contact Innovations award staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Q: Can I submit more than one application?
A: Yes. If your department/agency/city/state has several initiatives that each meet the criteria and would present a compelling application, you may submit a separate application for each initiative.

Q: Is there a fee associated with making an application to the Innovations in American Government Award?
A: No. There is no fee for submitting an application.