Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Awards for Innovation

The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour partnerships of strong, complementary and collaborative teams who have generated new knowledge and accelerated the application of research results to create benefits for Canada and Canadians. The award recognizes outstanding teams who have combined their expertise and resources to create partnerships resulting in significant impacts. 

Eligibility for University partnerships: A partnership between an eligible Canadian university and one or more partner organizations. The nominated partnership must be for research in the natural sciences or engineering. It must have also been supported, in whole or in part, by at least one NSERC Research Partnerships grant, i.e., Engage, Collaborative Research and Development, Strategic Partnerships (Projects or Networks), Industrial Research Chair, Idea to Innovation, Alliance or Calls for Collaborative Research Projects. In addition, the partnership must be between a Canadian university professor or group of professors, and one or more partnering organizations from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. See agency website for more details.

Self-nominations (either by a nominee, co-nominee or one of the partnering organizations) will not be accepted.

Note: These nominations/applications require institutional endorsement. Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) coordinates the internal selection of nominees and/or institutional endorsements/external expert reviews. To promote equity, diversity and inclusion, departments and faculties should ensure that all eligible candidates are considered and given the opportunity to self-identify. To recommend a candidate to the President’s Advisory Committee on Awards, Honours and Prizes, please submit a candidate suggestion form by the internal deadline. For more information, please contact

As this award carries research funding, an SFU Signature sheet and copy of the full nomination package will be due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline

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Upcoming Deadlines

April 19, 2023April 19, 2023 *
February 01, 2023 Feb. 01, 2023 February 01, 2023 16:00:00 February 01, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Awards for Innovation Recognizes partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development between universities and Canadian industries. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.