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 natural sciences and engineering research and development between universities and Canadian industry. Since their inception, the Awards have honoured the most outstanding achievements of university-industry collaboration in the natural sciences and engineering.
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.
The universities each receive a $200,000 NSERC research grant. Industrial partners each get the opportunity to hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years (with NSERC bearing the cost of the minimal industrial contribution of $10,000/year in addition to the standard NSERC contribution of $30,000/year), regardless of the number of partners on the nomination.
The Synergy Awards for Innovation showcase innovation and the benefits of pooling resources to make the most of Canadian ingenuity. The awards are judged on:
Synergy Awards are offered in four categories:
For two decades, Leo Derikx was a driving force in building and developing university-industry partnerships in Canada. As Director General of Research Partnerships for NSERC, it was Leo Derikx who helped to create the Synergy Awards. Upon his retirement in 1999, the award for innovative models of long-standing interaction in the precompetitive stage of R&D was named in his honour.