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Synergy Awards for Innovation

The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding research and development (R&D) partnerships between a university and industry, in the natural sciences and engineering. Since 1995, the Awards have showcased the benefits of pooling university and industry resources to make the most of Canadian research excellence and Canadian industrial expertise. Winners of the Synergy 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.

NSERC
Synergy Awards are handled through the McMaster Industry Liaison Office - MILO- contact info below DEADLINE: April 18, 2017)

Eligibility

The nominated partnership 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. 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.

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.

Categories

Nominations can be made in one of three categories:

For universities

  • 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.

Gender Equity and Diversity

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, as one means to foster excellence in research and training. NSERC strongly encourages nominators of Synergy Awards to consider gender equity in their nomination processes. NSERC requires the nominators to outline how they have considered gender equity in their nomination processes.

Nomination Process

The nomination package must include:

  • the Synergy Awards for Innovation Nomination Form completed and signed (electronic signature possible) by:
    • the nominator, who must be a senior executive from one of the participating organizations, i.e., an executive head from the university or college (the President or Vice-President of Research, or equivalent), or a senior executive from one of the industrial partner organizations (President, Chief Executive Officer, Vice-President of Research, or equivalent); and
    • an appropriate representative of all other industrial partner organizations listed on the nomination form.
  • the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees completed and signed.
    • For universities, it must be signed by the nominee and each co-nominee, if applicable (academic researchers only, one form per person).
  • the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators completed and signed.
    • For industrial partner organizations, the nominator must be a senior executive of one of the industrial partner organizations (President, Chief Executive Officer, Vice-President of Research, or equivalent).
    • For universities the nominator must be an executive head of the university or college (President, Vice-President of Research, or equivalent). 
  • signed letters of support, on letterhead, from:
    • the nominator (a senior executive of one of the industrial partner organizations or an executive head of the university); and
    • the senior executive or executive head of all other partner organizations, including the university(ies) listed on the Synergy Awards for Innovation Nomination Form.
  • a concise company profile (no more than half a page) for each industrial partner.
  • The nomination (free-form, maximum of six pages plus one page of references). See the General Presentation Guidelines and the Selection Criteria section for details.

The nominators are responsible for assembling the required documentation, which must adhere to the General Presentation Guidelines. Documents that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or at a disadvantage in comparison with those that meet the presentation standards. Only the documents requested by NSERC will be made available to the selection committee.

New for this nomination process: NSERC is striving for increased inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering. The nomination must outline how gender equity was considered in the nomination process.

Save your nomination package in a single PDF document on a USB key or a CD. Send one printed original copy and the USB key (or CD) to the address below. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent for all nominations received.

Synergy Awards for Innovation
NSERC
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

Nominees

Before you, as a nominee, can submit your documents to the nominator, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records.

Nominators

Before you, as a nominator, can submit your documents to NSERC, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records.

By signing and submitting a support letter, the authorized officers of the industrial partner organizations certify that the organization:

Web Site: http://nserc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Synergy-Synergie/Nomination-Nomination_eng.asp


Contact

Amber Metham, Assistant Director, Research Contracts, MILO
email:  

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext.26878