Innovation of the Year Award - 2018

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Written by Research Innovation

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. Those innovations continue to achieve impact in diverse areas including animal health, food packaging, environment, and human wellness.

Eligibility: 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.

How to Apply: Nominations can be made by an outside party or researchers can nominate themselves 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 University of Guelph individuals primarily responsible for the innovation.

Award Nomination Process:
Nominations should be submitted by June 29, 2018 to Research Innovation Office at

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