Synergy Awards for Innovation


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Sponsor deadline:

Award Details

The annual Synergy Awards for Innovation recognize the impacts and outcomes of effective research collaborations with industry partners in two categories: university partnerships, and college partnerships.

Partnerships may be nominated by any individual or group. Self-nominations (either by a nominee, co-nominee or one of the partnering organizations) will not be accepted.

In 2022, the Synergy Awards for Innovation underwent major changes. Among the many changes, the most important are:

  • Broadening of partner eligibility to include public and not-for-profit partnering organizations in addition to private sector ones
  • Broadening of the scope of the Synergy Awards to include social and environmental benefits to Canada and Canadians.
  • The nomination process no longer requires a letter of support from the VP Research.

For nomination support: Contact Stephanie O'Neill, Award Nomination Development Officer,

Note: As of May 1st, 2024 researchers nominated for this competition must comply with Government of Canada and Tri-Agency research security requirements. Please see UBC’s Research Security website for more details or to book a consultation with the Research Security team.

Previous Award Winners


  • Guy Dumont (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

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