UofG Innovation of the Year Award 2018 - Now accepting nominations


Research Innovation Office


University of Guelph - Innovation of the Year Award


The Research Innovation Office is pleased to invite nominations for the Innovation of the Year Award - 2018.

The University of Guelph has a long history of innovative research that improves life, and encourages creativity, innovation, and translation of knowledge for the greatest possible benefit of society. This includes the development of products or services from innovations created at the University.

The Innovation of the Year Award has been developed to recognize and celebrate Guelph innovations that have made, or have the potential to make, significant socioeconomic impacts to Canada and beyond.

Since the award was initiated in 2016, four innovations representing work in six different departments have been recognized, and those innovations continue to achieve impact in diverse areas including animal health, food packaging, environment and human wellness.


To be eligible for the award, innovations must have been made by faculty, staff, students and/or trainees while at University of Guelph. Nominated innovations should also have generated social or economic impact within the past five years.


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

Internal Deadline

Nominations should be submitted to Research Innovation Office at researchinnovation@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

Nominations can be made by an outside party or researchers can put themselves forward for consideration. Each nomination should be no more than 500 words and address the following criteria:

  • Inventiveness: The creativity and novelty of the nominated innovation, compared to what already existed.
  • Knowledge Mobilization and/or Commercialization: What was done to implement the innovation into a product or service that was adopted into the marketplace or demonstrated social benefit
  • Impact(s) within Canada and the world: Provide evidence to demonstrate the current or potential impacts to society, health, the environment or economic development.

Nominations should include the names and contact information of the UG individuals primarily responsible for the innovation.


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