ATTENTION: The Baldrige Award process is currently being revamped! We hope to share details of the revised process later this fall. Please note that the evaluation process is expected to change significantly, as is the process schedule and cycle time. We appreciate your patience as we work through the details. More information to come soon.
(Packages must be submitted electronically by this date with or without a nomination to the Board of Examiners).
Submit the eligibility certification package to certify your organization's eligibility in one of six award categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, or nonprofit. Instructions for submitting your eligibility package can be found in the Eligibility Certification Form.
(applications must be submitted electronically by this date)
Submit one PDF file of the application. Instructions for submitting your application can be found in the Award Application Form.
The Eligibility Certification Package consists of the following:
The Baldrige Program keeps this material confidential. We use it to avoid conflicts of interest when assigning examiners to your application. In addition, the information in the Eligibility Certification Form provides a useful profile of your organization and is often the first information read by the examiners assigned to your application.
We'll review your eligibility certification package promptly and contact your designated eligibility contact point or alternate if it needs clarification, but you'll self-certify your organization's eligibility to apply for the award. You do not need notification from the program to begin preparing your application.
The Baldrige Program relies on the information you submit in the Eligibility Certification Form. If we find during the award cycle that the information is inaccurate in a way that makes your organization ineligible, you will forfeit eligibility for the award, and your organization will receive a feedback report only. Please call the hotline with any questions.
Gain insight into the Baldrige Excellence Framework and the Baldrige Award process by nominating a senior member of your organization to be noncompetitively appointed to the Baldrige Board of Examiners when you submit your Eligibility Certification Package. The nominee must not have served previously as a Baldrige examiner and must fully participate as a member of the board by
Board appointments provide a significant opportunity for your organization to learn about the Baldrige Framework and the evaluation process. Examiners
Being a Baldrige examiner requires a substantial time commitment. All board appointments are for one year only. View the Baldrige Examiner Role for responsibilities, terms and conditions, and timeline.
In this package, you provide the information that a team from the Board of Examiners needs to conduct a rigorous evaluation of your organization. All information you provide is considered confidential.
The Award Application Package consists of the following:
Your application will be accepted only if you've certified your eligibility by the key date (see above). To apply for the award, you'll also need the appropriate Baldrige Excellence Framework booklet for your organization.