State Government Innovation Awards 2019

Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards

The Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards recognize the great work of state government entities and encourage an environment of experimentation and innovation in Minnesota. The Humphrey School will recognize state government entities engaged in innovation and service redesign. Judges will select up to ten award winners and four of the innovative entities will be selected for promotional videos. One of the top awards will go to a project that represents collaboration between a state government entity and one of Minnesota's federally recognized tribes.


Important Dates

  • May 1st, 2019: Award applications open
  • May 22nd, 2019: Award applications close
  • August 8th, 2019: Award ceremony 4pm-6pm at the MN History Center

Eligibility Details

Collaborations between state departments or offices are also eligible to win an award collectively. One representative from the collaboration must submit the entry.

The innovation work described in the entry must take place in Minnesota and must be underway or have taken place within the past two years.  It also must have demonstrated growth beyond the conceptual state, showing progress and impact.

More than one entry is allowed by the same government entity, however the same division, office, or team cannot win more than one award.

Applicants may include, but are not limited to, state agencies, regional policymaking bodies, judicial or legislative branch departments, and statewide education bodies such as MNSCU or the University of Minnesota.

Please see the tab titled: Previous Winners, to learn more about past SGIA winning projects. 

The 2019 State Government Innovation Awards are brought to you by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center with generous support from the Bush Foundation.


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