UofG Innovation of the Year Award 2019 - Now Accepting Nominations


Research Innovation Office


University of Guelph - Innovation of the Year Award


Researchers, faculty, staff and others are urged to recognize outstanding achievement by submitting nominees for the Research Innovation Office Innovation of the Year Award - 2019.

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. These achievements include the development of products or services derived from innovations created at the University.

The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates Guelph innovations that have made, or have the potential to make, significant socioeconomic impacts in Canada and beyond.

Since 2016, five innovations representing work in six different departments have been recognized. These innovations continue to achieve impact in diverse areas including animal health, food packaging, environment and human wellness.

Please visit the Innovation Awards webpage where past winning technologies are described in detail.


To be eligible for the award, innovations must have been made by faculty, staff, students and/or trainees while at the 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

Nomination letters should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to the Research Innovation Office at researchinnovation@uoguelph.ca. Please use the subject line '2019 Innovation Award Nomination'.

How to Apply

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

  • Inventiveness: The creativity and novelty of the nominated innovation, compared to what already exists.
  • 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 of this innovation to society, health, the environment or economic development.

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

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