Innovations in American Government Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Innovations in American Government Award are now closed. Please email innovations@harvard.edu with any questions regarding late submission or other requests.

The Innovations in American Government Awards is the nation's preeminent program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. The program highlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation's most pressing public concerns. Since its inception in 1985, the Program has received over 27,000 applications and recognized nearly 500 government initiatives since it was established in 1985 with funding from the Ford Foundation.

The Awards serve as a catalyst for bringing creative and effective solutions to some of government's most urgent and seemingly intractable challenges. After a rigorous process of identification and evaluation, a national selection committee of distinguished scholars and practitioners, chaired by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, selects the top programs. Such programs receive grant funding and significant press coverage. The Innovations Awards Program works vigorously to disseminate the valuable lessons offered by these initiatives. Explore past winners of the Innovations Award via our Government Innovators Network. 

2019 Innovations in American Government Award

In 2019, the Innovations in American Government Award seeks programs working to create economic opportunity for all in their communities. We are looking for initiatives making government work by making it more efficient, more creative, more effective, and most importantly, more responsive to the needs of all, creating government by dedicated public servants, for everyone. Learn more about the awards cycle, eligibility and selection criteria, and submit a nomination.