USGIF Awards Program


Congratulations to the 2020 Awards Program winners. Read more about this year’s winners.

USGIF GEOINT Achievement Award Categories

This award for academic achievement recognizes an individual, research project, academic program, or department that has made great strides in geospatial intelligence or a related field. Individuals or programs at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels are all encouraged to apply. New breakthroughs in projects or programs, research and development, academic achievement, and published writing are some of the many eligible examples of work to nominate for this award category. View previous winners.

The USGIF Community Support Award recognizes an individual or team for outstanding staff, contract, proposal administrative, or program management support. Project managers, executive assistants, proposal managers, contracts managers, and support staff from government, military, or industry can and should be recognized for their critical work. View previous winners.

This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by an individual or team from government organizations, departments, or offices that significantly enhance mission effectiveness using GEOINT-related capabilities. Local, state, federal, and international government groups are encouraged to apply, to include Intelligence Community agencies, executive branch organizations, and others. View previous winners.

This award recognizes an individual or a team at a company that has made an outstanding achievement building, deploying, implementing, managing, or utilizing geospatial intelligence services, solutions, and technologies. Whether a large systems integrator, a midsize corporation, a small business, or a startup, all are encouraged to apply and gain recognition for their GEOINT work. View previous winners.

This award recognizes exceptional GEOINT accomplishments by an individual or team from the military service branches or the Department of Defense that contributes to the increased effectiveness of national security. Geospatial intelligence has become a must-have for mission planning, rehearsal, action, decision-making, and more. From the services down to the units, interesting and important GEOINT activities are taking place and deserve wide recognition. All U.S. and international military groups are encouraged to apply. View previous winners.


The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds and innovative organizations. Highlighting the achievements of those within the global GEOINT Community, the awards program also boosts morale, inspires the community, and increases interest in the field.

Previous USGIF award winners represent the multi-faceted GEOINT Community, and their work has embodied USGIF’s three pillars: Build the Community; Advance the Tradecraft; Accelerate Innovation.

Individuals and organizations engaged in GEOINT-related fields including nontraditional technologies and capabilities—whether in social media, open source, Big Data, Internet of Things, data analytics, ISR, mobile, virtual and augmented reality, or others—are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

The USGIF Awards Subcommittee is made up of a standing committee and a group of volunteers selected each year. These volunteers are USGIF Individual Members or employees of a USGIF Organizational Member. Volunteers are selected based on their prompt response to a USGIF call for volunteers, as well as their availability to commit to a strict review process timeline. USGIF is not involved in the selection process. Award winners are selected based on the review and evaluation criteria below.

Review and Evaluation

Nominations are evaluated on the quality of the answers to each of the four application questions. However, there are common threads that truly characterizes each of the past USGIF award recipients, and you are encouraged to keep these points in mind as you are writing your nomination:

• Previous winners have all articulated how the achievement—whether it be a program, technology, research, or support activity—advances and promotes the GEOINT tradecraft and its broader impact on the community.

• Winners have illustrated how the innovative technologies or leading edge research have an actual effect or potential effect (in the case of research nominations) on mission or mission requirements.


The committee will notify winners if they have been selected. Recipients will be presented their award on the main stage at the general session at the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. The exact date and time of the awards presentation will be provided when winners are notified of selection.

Award Winner Package
Winners also receive additional recognition and opportunities throughout the year to include:

  • Full registration to GEOINT 2020
  • Media recognition during GEOINT 2020
  • An invitation to USGIF’s Chairman’s Reception
  • Extended profile on
  • One-year USGIF Individual Membership*
  • Two tickets to GEOGala

*Limited to one individual per team

Those nominations that were not chosen as award recipients will be notified by email after the winners are selected.

Previous USGIF Award Program Winners

View the list of past USGIF award recipients and read full write-ups on their achievements.