35 Use Cases of OpenWater

How 35 associations, societies, universities and other nonprofits use OpenWater for application and review.

Awards, Scholarships, Auditions

Organization: Southeastern Theater Conference
Description: SETC honors theater practitioners of all levels through a variety of prestigious awards. From celebrating young scholars to recognizing lifetime achievement in theater, from monetary prizes to experience awards, from contests to nominations, SETC’s awards take many forms and serve to distinguish a diverse range of theatre artists.
Who Submits: Actors seeking national professional opportunities
Who Reviews: Conference Staff, Theater Directors, Casting Agents


Organization: College of Family Physicians of Canada
Description: The CFPC awards the Fellowship designation (FCFP) to those who have been awarded Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and who distinguish themselves through outstanding contribution to their communities, their colleagues, and the discipline of family medicine.
Who Submits: Physicians who recently completed training in a new specialty
Who Reviews: Accreditation Committee

Internship Applications

Organization: University of Colorado Denver Gates Summer Internship Program
Description: Internship Program to encourage outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in biomedical research in an academic or industry setting.
Who Submits: Medical Researchers
Who Reviews: Membership Committee

Startup Competition

Organization: Haymarket (MM+M)
Description: A Shark-tank style competition for health startups and pharma marketers.
Who Submits: PR Professionals under 30 years old
Who Reviews: Editorial Team

Volunteer Application

Organization: Texas Society of Certified Professional Accountants
Description: Call for new and current volunteers to serve on one of multiple committees.
Who Submits: Members
Who Reviews: Committee Chairperson, Board of Directors

Business Awards

Organization: Crain Communications
Description: Crain’s Cleveland Business is seeking nominations of those making a difference in their companies and their communities. We’re looking for individuals in a wide range of industries we cover – technology, consumer products, real estate, health care, nonprofit, finance, etc.
Who Submits: Entrants nominate outstanding young professionals
Who Reviews: Editorial Staff

Alumni Awards

Organization: Kent State Alumni Association
Description: Kent State University recognizes and honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State.
Who Submits: Nominators submit notable university alumni for consideration
Who Reviews: University alumni office

Apartments / Housing Awards

Organization: Apartment Association of Greater Dallas
Description: The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas represents the multifamily industry in the eleven counties surrounding Dallas. We are a trade association that offers our members professional services to develop their teams, communities, and companies.
Who Submits: Real Estate Management Firms submit examples of their work into multiple categories
Who Reviews: Association Executives, Staff

Architecture Competition

Organization: The American Institute of Architects
Description: Each year, AIA celebrates the best buildings and spaces—and the people behind them—with some of the most prestigious awards in the built environment.
Who Submits: Small and Emerging Firms
Who Reviews: Industry Experts, Appointed Jurors

Broadcast Media Competition

Organization: Peabody
Description: Long running, multi – media, multi – category program recognizing excellence in the field of broadcast media.
Who Submits: Broadcast content producers
Who Reviews: Board of Jurors, Industry Experts

Trade Association Awards Program

Organization: ABC – Associated Builders and Contractors
Description: Construction awards competition recognizing the outstanding merit shop projects of the year
Who Submits: Industry Professionals
Who Reviews: Construction industry experts, including owners, architects, engineers and other industry leaders

Chapter Leadership Awards

Organization: American Society of Military Comptrollers
Description: The American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its chapters, membership and the defense financial management community through its awards program.
Who Submits: Financial project managers and individual contributors
Who Reviews: Association board and administrators

Electrical Contractor Awards

Organization: NECA National Electrical Contractors Association
Description: Recognize companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 12 different market sectors.
Who Submits: Electrical Contractors
Who Reviews: Industry Experts

Creative Writing Awards

Organization: Golden Crown Literary Society
Description: Award celebrating and recognizing books featuring women loving women content
Who Submits: Authors
Who Reviews: Literary Review Committees

Global Design Awards

Organization: SEGD – Society of Experiential Graphic Design
Description: Anonymized project – based design competition focused on the experimental design community
Who Submits: Professional Designers
Who Reviews: Review Committee

Hotel & Lodging Awards

Organization: AHLA – American Hotel and Lodging Association
Description: Winners of the AHLA Stars of the Industry will be recognized at the annual Night of a Thousand Stars awards gala! Hosted in the city of stars – Los Angeles, CA – Night of a Thousand Stars is the Oscars of the hospitality sector.
Who Submits: Member companies, properties, and employees
Who Reviews: Association staff, board members, and industry leaders

Illustration / Art Competition

Organization: Creative and Quarterly
Description: 100 Best winners will be exhibited in a New York gallery, with an artist reception. Our 100 Best Annual will be distributed worldwide. Winners will be promoted online and in print and the work will be displayed on an online gallery.
Who Submits: Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Fine Artists, Photographers
Who Reviews: Magazine Editorial Staff and Professional Artists

Interior Design Competition

Organization: IIDA – International Interior Design Association
Description: Professional project awards showcasing outstanding, innovative Interior Design/Interior Architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior spaces.
Who Submits: Interior Designers
Who Reviews: Editorial Staff and Industry Experts

Inc 5000

Organization: Inc 5000
Description: In 1982, Inc. introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Since then, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark.
Who Submits: Growing Businesses
Who Reviews: Multiple metrics are evaluated by computer algorithm

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Organization: International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards
Description: Magazine – sponsored international photography competition
Who Submits: Photographers
Who Reviews: Grand Masters of Photography

Tourism Awards

Organization: Visit England
Description: Local and regional competitions recognizes and celebrates businesses and individuals that deliver amazing experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination
Who Submits: Hotels, Destinations, Industry Professionals
Who Reviews: Association Board and Administrators

Fraternity / Sorority Chapter Awards

Organization: Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV)
Description: The Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) exists to accelerate progress in fraternity & sorority communities through change-enabling experiences. We are excited to continue our online awards program!
Who Submits: Chapter Student Presidents
Who Reviews: Review Committee

Broadcast / Radio Awards

Organization: Broadcast Education Association
Description: Multi Category awards recognizing excellence in student and faculty media productions
Who Submits: Full time Media Students and Faculty
Who Reviews: Board of Jurors

Healthcare Awards – Nominations

Organization: Healthscope Operations, Northwell
Description: Nomination program seeking candidates for a Physician – focused Award for courage, determination and positive impact.
Who Submits: Nominators recommend physicians for consideration
Who Reviews: Award Staff, Physician Peers

Hospitality Industry Award and Public Vote

Organization: Northstar
Description: Hospitality Industry award highlighting some of the world’s premier destination hotels, the public are invited to vote for their favorite hotels as part of this competition.
Who Submits: Luxury Hotels
Who Reviews: Public Vote and Industry Experts

Professional Achievement Medals

Organization: IEEE
Description: Medal presented when a candidate is identified as having made a particular contribution that forms a clearly exceptional addition to science and technology.
Who Submits: Nominators recommend outstanding Science and Technology practitioners for recognition of lifetime achievement
Who Reviews: Awards Board

The Oscars for Political Ads

Organization: American Association of Political Consultants
Description: Hosted by the only bipartisan, nonprofit organization for political professionals, the Pollie Awards set the standard for excellence in the political communications and public affairs industries.
Who Submits: Political content producers, PR Firms, Fundraisers
Who Reviews: Board of Jurors, Industry Experts

Building Certification Programs

Organization: Institute of Real Estate Management of The National Association of Realtors
Description: Certification program for office, medical office, multifamily, senior housing, and retail properties.
Who Submits: Environmentally friendly office, medical office, multifamily, senior housing, retail, and industrial properties.
Who Reviews: IREM staff conducts and external industry consultants

Webinar Series / Archive

Organization: IADR
Description: Program to provide current dental, oral and craniofacial research by participating in live webinars and viewing past webinars on demand
Who Submits: Webinar Producers
Who Reviews: Administrators

C-Suite Development Fellowship

Organization: International Women’s Forum
Description: Program to provide current dental, oral and craniofacial research by participating in live webinars and viewing past webinars on demand
Who Submits: Professionals Seeking Career Advancement
Who Reviews: Fellowship Review Board and Administrators

Art and Music Grants

Organization: Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Description: Awards to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and to grow both personally and professionally
Who Submits: Visual Artists and Composers
Who Reviews: Funding Chairs, Industry Experts

Grants with Quarterly Reports

Organization: Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Description: Benchmarked, tiered grants process with quarterly reporting requirements
Who Submits: Grant Seekers
Who Reviews: Funding Board

Travel Grants

Organization: American Society of Plant Biologists
Description: Grant program focused on providing travel funds to early career professionals participating in society committees.
Who Submits: Grant Seekers
Who Reviews: Funding Board

Venture Capital Funding Proposals

Organization: Schmidt Marine
Description: A venture capital investment program seeking to fund early – stage technologies that solve ocean problems
Who Submits: Startup or pre-startup groups seeking funding
Who Reviews: Scientific Committee Members

Board of Directors Competition

Organization: IIDA
Description: The IIDA Nominating Advisory Council (NAC) is accepting nominations for the IIDA International Board of Directors three (3) Professional Member Vice Presidents, and one (1) Industry Member Vice President
Who Submits: Professional Interior Designers are nominated to serve a one-year term on the International Board of Directors
Who Reviews: Board Review Committee

Lunch and Learn

Thursday at 1 PM