The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has issued a call for nominations for the Synergy Awards for Innovation. This year’s nomination deadline: is 15 April 2012.

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o be eligible 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 research and development (R&D) and/or manufacturing.

These awards were created in 1995 to honour outstanding university-industry R&D partnerships in the natural sciences and engineering. In the 17 years since their creation eh Synergy 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 NSERC’s Synergy Awards show effective use of human, technical and financial resources, and demonstrate a lasting partnership between university and industrial collaborators, with tangible commercial results.

Nominations can be made in one of four categories.

  1. Small and medium-sized companies—A partnership with a single company of up to 500 employees.
  2. Large Companies—A partnership with a single company of more than 500 employees.
  3. Two or More Companies —A partnership with two or more companies of any size.
  4. Leo Derikx Award—An established innovative model of long-standing university-industry partnership in pre-competitive R&D that has improved the general well-being of an industry.

Up to four awards may be presented annually, one in each category however all four awards need not be presented. A peer review selection committee reviews partnership nominations to determine if they are eligible for an award. All decisions are final. If no partnership demonstrates excellence, no award will be made.

For more information on  this year’s awards and how to get a nomination form CLICK HERE.