NCMA recognizes the outstanding efforts and extraordinary work from across the profession. Descriptions of the NCMA awards and nomination/application deadlines are listed below.

*Note: We have changed the NCMA Award process. New application links will be available soon. Please see application timelines below. 

Why should you apply?

  1. Get recognized: Being nominated for an award is a brilliant way to celebrate your professional achievements. After all, great work deserves recognition!
  2. Boost your profile: Awards can also help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for future roles or looking for a promotion. 
  3. Celebrate in style: Our awards ceremony will take place at World Congress and Nexus. It’s the perfect opportunity to don your glad rags and meet our inspiring nominees.

Partner Awards

Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award

Awarded by Procurement Roundtable | Presented at World Congress 
The Procurement Round Table, in cooperation with the National Contract Management Association, awards one deserving professional, free admission to the NCMA World Congress annual conference, a $5,000 prize award, and a year of NCMA membership, to a federal acquisition professional who has contributed significantly to contracting operations or acquisition policy. 

NCMA Awards | Applications open: March 15th, 2024 - April 30th, 2024

Presented at World Congress

Best Contract Management Magazine Article Award

The Best Contract Management Magazine Award recognizes the best articles published in NCMA's Contract Management magazine for the past program year. It was established in 1971 by NCMA Life Member and Fellow Norman Singer to provide an added incentive to NCMA members to submit well-written, relevant articles for publication in Contract Management Magazine based on a set criterion for determination.

Contract Management Education Award

The future of contract management is transformed through the adoption of NCMA's ANSI-approved Contract Management Standard and Contract Management Body of Knowledge as common foundational competencies for all contracting professionals. If you are one of the many organizations that has decided to lead the way in providing a common language as the basis of hiring, training, and career development within your organization, this award is for you.

NCMA Fellow Award

The NCMA Fellow Award is one of the highest and most prestigious individual awards for service to NCMA and the Contracting Community. The Fellow award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the contract management profession and to NCMA. The first three Fellows (Stuart Davidson, Bert DuMars, and Sy Gottlieb) were approved by the Executive Council on January 9, 1967. Open to Members-only.

Contract Management Innovation Excellence Award

The Contract Management Innovation Excellence Award recognizes outstanding innovations that demonstrate creativity, effectiveness, and impact.

Outstanding Fellow Award

The Outstanding Fellow Award is the highest prestigious individual award for service to NCMA and the contracting community. This award is to recognize outstanding NCMA Fellows who have made continuous contributions to NCMA and the contract management profession, and recognize accomplishments at the Chapter and National levels. Nominations should be submitted by a Chapter president or an NCMA Fellow.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded by an NCMA review team | No submissions are accepted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to the World Congress awards above, the Lifetime Achievement award winner is reviewed and selected exclusively by an NCMA awards team. As mentioned above, submissions are not accepted for this award.  This award is presented annually to a nationally renowned and distinguished NCMA member who has made a significant contribution to contract management and NCMA. It recognizes individuals with a remarkable reputation for professionalism and exceptional achievement in contract management. It is our highest award.

Previous Awardees

Charlie E. Williams Jr.

Darryl A. Scott MAJGEN (RET.) USAF
Bill McNally Fellow

Terry Raney, PhD

Laurence Trowel, CPCM, CFCM

Al Burman, Fellow

Elliott Branch, Fellow

Dee Lee

Additional Awards | Application Period Closed

Advancing Professionals Award

This award recognizes rising stars and top performers coming into their own as leaders in contract management and in NCMA. 

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Chapter Excellence Award

This award is designed to recognize the most outstanding Chapters based on set criteria for determination.  

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Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award

This award recognizes NCMA Chapter members who demonstrate dedicated service to the NCMA community through volunteerism. 

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