** NEW NOMINATION GUIDELINES FOR THE COLLIER SELECTION IN 2021 ARE NOW IN EFFECT. PLEASE READ UPDATED GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR NOMINATION. **
Please use the following guidelines when submitting a nomination for the Robert J. Collier Trophy. Nominations that do not fall within the specifications listed below may not be considered during the selection process.
Criteria: The Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually, for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.
* The term "in America" is defined as a company, entity or individual based in the United States or a foreign subsidiary doing the development and manufacturing of aerospace products in the United States.
1. Collier Trophy Abstract Form - Due January 31st
2. Nomination - Due January 31st
3. Letters of Support - Due January 31st
4. Video Submission for Finalists - Due May 3
5. Virtual Presentation/Q&A with Top Three Finalists and Selection Committee - Late May/Early June
Collier Trophy Abstract Form:
This form is designed to assist in determining how your achievement fits the Collier Trophy criteria. Answers to the questions should be brief - elaboration can be included in the nomination. This form should be submitted as a word document along with your nomination and letters of support by the January 31st deadline. Download the Collier Trophy Abstract Form.
All nomination materials should be prepared in a Microsoft Word format. The page layout, type and size of font may be of the writer's choosing.
- The nomination should contain the name of the person making the nomination including mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address.
- The nominee(s) must be fully identified by individual or company/organization name. In addition, one primary contact for each nominated entity must be listed along with mailing address, telephone and e-mail address.
- The justification for the nomination must be limited to three (3) pages and should state concisely the specific achievement for which the nominee is being cited. Particular attention should be paid to how that achievement relates to the preceding year and the justification should contain background information that would be pertinent and relevant in assisting the Selection Committee to understand how and why the nominee meets the criteria for this award.
- A proposed citation (30 words or less) which captures the essence of the achievement for which the nomination is being submitted is required and may be on a fourth page by itself.
- Attachments, reprints of articles, etc., will not be considered unless incorporated into and made part of the three-page justification.
- All nomination materials will become property of NAA.
- Nominations should be submitted along with the Collier Trophy Abstract and letters of support by January 31st.
Letters of Support:
Up to five (5) letters supporting a nomination may be sent for consideration by the Selection Committee. Letters should be in PDF Format and must be submitted along with the Collier Trophy Abstract form and nomination by January 31st.
Submitting a Nomination:
The Collier Trophy Abstract Form, nomination, and letters of support must be submitted as a Word Document by email to: email@example.com CC: to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Collier Nomination” in the subject line and received at that email address between December 1 and January 31 (if January 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the NEXT business day). If you have not received confirmation of the nomination within 24 hours of submission, please contact NAA directly at 703-416-4888 Ext 104.
The NAA President, with assistance from a group of subject matter experts, will review all nominations to ensure that the criteria of the Collier Trophy are met. Nominations that are verified to have met the criteria will advance to the next round of video submissions. Nominees will be notified as to whether their nomination will move forward to video submission round by February 20th.
Finalists will submit a 15-minute, pre-recorded video presentation to NAA by May 3rd. The purpose of the video presentation is to further illustrate and demonstrate your achievement for the Selection Committee. The video must be submitted in a .MP4 format and sent to NAA via download link. Selection Committee members will review the video submissions and vote to advance the top three nominations to the final round for virtual presentations/Q&A. Nominees will be notified as to whether their nomination will advance to the final round by May 17th.
Virtual Presentation/Q&A Session:
The top three nominees are required to appear virtually before the Collier Selection Committee at the end of May/beginning of June to present their nomination and answer questions from the committee. Each nominee will have the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation of their nomination (visual aids and/or presentation slides will be allowed, but not required) followed by up to 20 minutes of questions from the Selection Committee. No more than four team members representing each nomination will be permitted to participate in presentation/Q&A session.
Announcement of Winner:
Nominees will be notified of the selected winner following the virtual presentation/Q&A. NAA and the recipient will collaborate on the official press release announcing the winner of the Collier Trophy.
Presentation of the Trophy:
The Robert J. Collier Trophy is presented annually by the National Aeronautic Association at a formal dinner in the Washington D.C. area.