must meet all of the conditions of the Supporting Friend award;
must have demonstrated this support for a minimum period of three years; and
must have won a Supporting Friend award at least once during the period in question, usually three to five years.
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.