Innovations in American Government Awards
Bright Ideas

In 2010, the Innovations in American Government Awards Program launched Bright Ideas. This new initiative is designed to further recognize and promote creative government initiatives and partnerships and create an online community where innovative ideas can be proposed, shared, and disseminated.

Bright Ideas Recipients

Application Details

If your agency has developed an innovative and noteworthy program or practice, we encourage you to submit it for inclusion among our Bright Ideas. Appropriate practices will be included in our open collection on the Government Innovators Network.

Bright Ideas will be accepted and recognized on a rolling basis. Should the initiative fully meet the Innovations in American Government Awards eligibility and selection criteria, it will be considered for the Innovations Awards competition. Apply here» (this is the same application as that of the Innovations Awards)

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered as a Bright Idea, a program

  • Must be administered and/or authorized by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible with a government partner
  • Programs or initiatives must be currently in operation, or in the process of being launched
  • Programs or initiatives should have sufficient operational resources (i.e. not seeking grant funding)

Please note that only programs that meet all eligibility requirements will be considered for inclusion in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Programs that do not meet all eligibility requirements will only be considered for inclusion in the Bright Ideas collection.

Selection Criteria

The new Bright Ideas initiative is designed to provide government agencies and workers programs and ideas that may benefit their current work. To be considered as a Bright Idea, a program or initiative may meet some but not all of the Innovations in American Government selection criteria. Best practices, new ideas, and pilot programs that may be smaller in scope or scale will be considered.

Bright Ideas