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Coast Guard seeks nominations for innovation awards

March 09, 2018

This report originally published at allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil.

Written by Loretta Haring

Nominations for the 2017 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards are now open on the Coast Guard’s crowdsourcing platform, [email protected].

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Nominations must present an innovative approach to solving Coast Guard strategic needs. All Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel are eligible to submit ideas for consideration. Contractors’ contributions may be acknowledged when part of a project team.

The 2017 Innovation Awards will be given in five categories:

  • Science or technology
  • Operations or readiness
  • Administration, training or support
  • Culture change
  • The Cmdr. Joel Magnussen Innovation Award for Management
Winners of the 2016 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards included a hammer hook (left) which reduces clutter on deck and makes it easier for crewmembers to switch between two frequently used tools and the Coast Guard Communications Portable Alignment Fixture 3 TMR-1090 300W Linear Power Amplifier. The device simplifies a common maintenance procedure on medium endurance cutters. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

Winners of the 2016 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards included a hammer hook (left) which reduces clutter on deck and makes it easier for crewmembers to switch between two frequently used tools and the Coast Guard Communications Portable Alignment Fixture 3 TMR-1090 300W Linear Power Amplifier. The device simplifies a common maintenance procedure on medium endurance cutters. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

Nominations should not exceed 250 words. The Idea Submission form must include the nominee’s name and unit as well as a point of contact name and e-mail address.

Ideas previously presented for [email protected] challenges will automatically be considered for the awards and do not need to be nominated.

The final day to submit nominations is April 18, 2018.

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For more information, contact the Innovation Program Manager, Cmdr. Andy Howell.

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