NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation - Call for Nominations




The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding research and development partnerships between a university or a 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.


The nominated partnerships must be in the natural sciences and/or engineering and be between a Canadian university professor, or group of professors and a Canadian-based company or companies with commercial activities in Canada, such as R&D and/or manufacturing.  An individual, a team of individuals, or a college may be nominated for these awards. Only nominations in the natural sciences, and/or engineering will be considered. There is no limit to the number of nominations that a University or college can put forward in a given competition.

The Partner Eligibility Guidelines section of the Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships should be consulted to determine the eligibility of the industrial partner(s). In order to be eligible, the partnering organization(s) must be at arm’s length from the nominee and co-nominee(s). Refer to the Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Partner Organizations for more details.

Funding Availability

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.


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

Internal Deadline

Expression of Interest:  Any faculty interested in applying for this award are asked to email Laurie Gallinger at stratprg@uoguelph.ca.  Following receipt of an email, the full timeline and process will be shared with interested parties as the Office of Research moves forward to identify supports in developing the components of the nomination package.

External Deadline

Submission of full nomination package to NSERC

How to Apply

NSERC requires institutional nomination for each submission.  Final application submission is completed by the Office of Research, Strategic Programs and Infrastructure Grants unit.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Laurie Gallinger, Awards & Agreements Officer
Research Services Office

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