NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation 2022

Updated Information

The internal deadline has been extended from November 15th, 2021 to January 7th, 2022.

Sponsor

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

Description

The Synergy Awards for Innovation honours outstanding research and development partnerships between a university (or college) and industry, in the natural sciences and engineering.  Winners of the awards show effective use of human, technical and financial resources, leading to tangible commercial benefits with their industrial collaborators. Universities must demonstrate a sustained partnership.

Eligibility

The nominated partnership must be in the natural sciences and/or engineering and be between a Canadian university professor, or group of professors.

You must be nominated for this award. The nominator must be:

  • A senior executive from the University of Guelph (ie. VPR); or
  • A senior executive from one of the industrial partner organizations.

Nominations can be made in these categories:

  • Small and medium-sized companies: A partnership with a single company of up to 500 employees.
  • Large companies: A partnership with a single company of more than 500 employees.
  • Two or more companies: A partnership with two or more companies of any size or a consortium of companies.

An individual, team of individuals or a college may be nominated for the NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation and other major NSERC prizes in the same year, but can receive only one such prize in a given year. There is no limit to the number of nominations for the Synergy Awards for Innovation that a university or college can put forward in a given competition. 

Prize

University: $200,000 NSERC Research Grant

Industrial Partners: $30,000 voucher towards a cash portion of their required contribution in a new Collaborative Research and Development Grant.

Special Notes

Nominated partnerships are expected to promote approaches that increase the inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering. See the Guide for Applicants in considering equity, diversity and inclusion.

Nominees: All nominees must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees

Nominators: Before a nominator submits documents to NSERC, they must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators

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.

Deadlines

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

TypeDateNotes
Internal Deadline

If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination: 

  1. We recommend discussing your interest in this award with your College Research Manager and Associate Dean (Research).
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest document
  3. Send the completed Expression of Interest document and a CV to research.honours@uoguelph.ca and copy your College Research Manager. 

Career interruptions due to parental leave, family care, extended illness, or community responsibilities will not negatively impact the committee’s assessment of a candidate’s research productivity. These will be taken into consideration when EOIs are assessed.

External Deadline

If your nomination will be submitted by a nominator other than the VPR, please submit directly to the sponsor by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

The Vice-President (Research) encourages nominations for this prestigious award, and will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to nominate a colleague or to be considered for VPR nomination:

  1. We recommend discussing your interest in this award with your College Research Manager and Associate Dean (Research).
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest document
  3. Send the completed Expression of Interest document and a CV to research.honours@uoguelph.ca and copy your College Research Manager by the internal deadline.

Career interruptions due to parental leave, family care, extended illness, or community responsibilities will not negatively impact the committee’s assessment of a candidate’s research productivity. These will be taken into consideration when EOIs are assessed.

If your nomination will be submitted by a different nominee, and therefore does not require the Vice-President's endorsement, please submit a complete nomination and signed OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca  by the external deadline.

For More Information

For more information, please contact research.honours@uoguelph.ca or visit the NSERC -Synergy Award website.

Alert Classifications
Category:
Honours and Awards

Disciplines:
Health and Life Sciences
Physical Sciences and Engineering