These awards are to specifically recognize support provided to IEEE and its members, in support of its goals, by firms, divisions of firms, or individuals. Nominators can submit individuals or organizations for Friend Awards, and awards can be earned at the supporting or sustaining level.
Nominators are encouraged to view previous recipients to see examples of what support has been awarded in the past:
The awards are given to those individuals who have provided recurrent or unusually intense help to a member volunteer of IEEE. Generally, recipients of this award are not eligible for IEEE membership; typical recipients might be administrative assistants, fellow workers who are not engineers, local business people, etc.
This award is provided to those companies or divisions of a company that encourage volunteerism through their practices. In particular, the atmosphere created by the company should be to facilitate the IEEE volunteer to do his or her job. Support may include:
In general, the proposed recipient should have a long (minimum of one full year) history of providing support to the volunteer. Supporting Friend awards can be made for truly extraordinary examples of singular events—for example, assistance provided to host an IEEE conference or meeting.
Nominators must wait at least one year from receipt of the Supporting Friend award before they can resubmit the same recipient for another Friend award.
Recipients of these awards:
Sustaining Friend awards are not given for singular events; nominators must wait at least three years from receipt of the Sustaining Friend award before they can resubmit the same recipient for another Sustaining Friend of IEEE MGA award. However, recipients can be resubmitted for a Supporting award after one year.