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NSERC Synergy Awards

NSERC Synergy Award

Call for Nomination deadline is April 15, 2013


Dear Department Chairs:

This is a reminder of the NSERC Synergy Awards competition to Faculty members in your Department and ask all interested applicants to contact Gay Yuyitung,, ext. 23164 in the McMaster Industry Liaison Office.

Call for Nominations

The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding university-industry R&D partnerships 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 industrial expertise.

Winners of the Synergy Awards for Innovation show effective use of human, technical and financial resources, and demonstrate a lasting partnership between university and industrial collaborators, with tangible commercial results.

The Synergy Awards for Innovation are your opportunity to show the world what Canadian ingenuity and collaboration can accomplish.


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.


Nominations can be made in one of four categories:

·         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.

·         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.


Since nominations must be made by the University (through the Office of the VP Research) or by the industry partner (President, CEO or VP Research), please send all suggestions for nominations to Gay Yuyitung, McMaster Industry Liaison Office as soon as possible so that the nominees, their industry partners and the university have sufficient time to develop a strong proposal and letters of support.  NSERC’s deadline for submission of nominations is  Monday, April 15, 2013.  


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