The Department of the Navy has begun its search for naval officers, Marines and other service personnel who have developed novel platforms and capabilities in support of the military branch’s missions as part of the 2016 Secretary of the Navy Innovation Awards.
The service branch seeks to recognize innovators in eight categories that include technology development, automated process development, data analytics, innovation leadership, innovation scholar, enlisted innovator, innovation catalyst and outside the box, the Navy said Monday.
Under the technology development category, the Navy seeks new software and hardware platforms in various areas such as additive manufacturing, unmanned systems, robotics, renewable energy, virtual reality and human-machine teaming.
“I want the entire workforce, from the most senior admirals, generals and civilian executives to recruits and officer candidates, to look for ways to improve their organizations and accomplish their missions,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
The military branch also launched a contest to design trophies for SECNAV Innovation Awards recipients.
The Navy will accept nominations through Dec. 31 and announce the winners in March.