The Institute of Navigation is a scientific, nonprofit organization, founded in 1945. Its programs are directed toward elevating standards of navigation by coordinating the knowledge and achievements of practicing navigators, scientists, and those involved in the development and production of navigation equipment. The Institute sponsors and administers several awards to recognize individuals making significant contributions, or demonstrating outstanding performance relating to navigation.
The Institute sponsors seven major annual awards. Nominations are solicited from the navigation community. The presentation of these coveted awards is a highlight of the ION International Technical Meeting. Nominations for these awards may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must be in conformance with ION nomination standards. Recipients need not be members.
The Council honors notable members of the Institute who have made outstanding sustained contributions to the art and science of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) with Fellow awards. Fellow is the Institute’s highest honor. An selection as Fellow grade on the basis for his/her important contributions to the advancement or application of the arts and sciences of PNT. The intent is to select Fellows for sustained contributions through technology, management, practice and teaching, rather than specific accomplishments, for which other awards are more appropriate.
Fellow Details, Requirements and Nomination Form
The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation has the opportunity to present the prestigious Johannes Kepler Award when deemed worthy. The winner of this award will be determined by a special nominating committee of the ION's Satellite Division. You are encouraged to submit names of individuals for consideration.
Kepler Award Details, Requirements and Nomination Form
The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation has approved the Bradford W. Parkinson Award for Excellence in Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Professors and faculty are encouraged to submit nominations for deserving graduate students. You are encouraged to submit names of individuals for consideration.
Parkinson Award Details, Requirements and Nomination Form
In addition to the major awards, the ION sponsors student awards for navigation excellence. Cash awards are available to outstanding students of navigation selected by the faculty of recognized academies.
Student Awards Details, Requirements and Application Form