The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is accepting nominations for the 2012 Fluid Power Innovation Award, a fluid power technology award program for innovative engineers and technicians who are using fluid power to address the needs of their customers. "As the trade association representing the entire fluid power supply chain, NFPA seeks to increase the visibility of hydraulics and pneumatics in our industry's end use markets," said NFPA Chief Executive Officer, Eric Lanke. The 2011 NFPA Innovation Award was presented this past December to Erling Skaar and Dr. Odd Arild Olsen of GenTech Global for their innovative use of hydraulics to achieve energy savings and reduce emissions on commercial ships and boats. The program will provide cash awards and recognition for individuals using fluid power technology in innovative ways. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2012, and winners will be notified no later than July 31, 2012. The winners will be selected by a judging committee consisting of members of the NFPA Marketing Committee. Membership in NFPA is not required. Applicants must provide documentation of their innovation.