Research Western

Synergy Awards for Innovation

Innovation paves the road to success in the new global economy. The Synergy Awards for Innovation were launched in 1995 by NSERC to recognize partnerships in research and development between universities and industry. Since their inception, the awards have honoured the most outstanding achievements of university-industry collaboration.

By working together, award-winning companies and universities have proven that effective partnerships are the foundation of achievement. Their success has enriched the academic and research programs within Canadian universities while providing tangible benefits to Canadians.

Winning universities receive a $200,000 NSERC research grant. Industrial partners receive the prestigious Synergy sculpture and an opportunity to hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years (NSERC will bear the cost of the industrial portion of the fellow’s salary).

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Synergy Awards are offered in four categories:


Sponsor: May 1

Application Method

Nominations must be submitted by a senior official from one of the participating organizations. Nominations will be accepted only from the President, CEO or Vice-President of Research (or equivalent) of the industrial partner, or from the President, Rector, Vice-President of Research or Vice-Rector of Research (or equivalent) from the university. Letters of support from the other partner organization(s) must be from a senior executive in the company or executive head of the university, and must be included with the nomination.

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Nominations and Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. Requests for Institutional signatures should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline.

Western Contact(s)

Research Office

Sponsor Contact(s)

Synergy Awards for Innovation
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-947-9452
Fax: 613-992-5337