BioInnovation & Science Prize for Innovation 2022


BioInnovation Institute in collaboration with Science / AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)


Behind every life-changing solution is an entrepreneurial scientist. A creative mind who proved an idea in the lab and dared to carry it out in the world.

To encourage more scientists to translate their research, BioInnovation Institute (BII) & Science present a new annual award.

Through the BioInnovation Institute & Science Prize for Innovation, the editors of Science seek to recognize bold researchers who are asking fundamental questions at the intersection of the life sciences and entrepreneurship. They seek scientists who can show that they have reached across field boundaries with an enthusiasm that combines outstanding basic science with an eye toward application in the marketplace.

Successful applicants might have made significant advances in producing results that were protected as intellectual property and licensed to a commercial entity – for example, proprietary drugs and biologics, diagnostics, therapeutic interventions, health care information technology, or new solutions to biobased production of fuels, chemicals and foods. They welcome applications from those who take risks to address relevant and exciting questions with creative approaches, even if the outcome may be considered a negative result.

Program details and timeline are not yet confirmed. This information will be updated when the program launches.


Candidates must have finished their Ph.D.-level education within the last 10 years and must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or combination of these degrees at the time of entry. If the applicant has more than one advanced degree, the 10 years are counted from the date that all degrees were completed in the case of uninterrupted training, such as a dual degree M.D.-Ph.D. program. The prize will be awarded annually to one young scientist based on work done in the past three years.


The winner will receive 25,000 USD in addition to having their essay published in Science magazine.

Two runner-up winners will each receive 10,000 USD in addition to having their essays published in Science magazine.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Applicants must submit a completed entry form through the portal found on the BioInnovation & Science Prize for Innovation web page by the external deadline. See how to apply for further instructions.

Please also submit a copy of the full entry form and an OR-5 to by the external deadline.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed entry form to the portal found on the BioInnovation & Science Prize for Innovation web page by the external deadline containing:

  • A 1,000 word essay outlining their research as it relays to entrepreneurship;
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from the entrant’s postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with their work; and
  • A curriculum vitae

Please also submit a copy of the full entry form and an OR-5 to by the external deadline.

For More Information

For more information please contact or Please also see the BioInnovation & Science Prize for Innovation web page for more details.

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