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Innovation Challenge Awards
Established in 2004, the NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards were awarded as a way to encourage students pursuing graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering to develop their entrepreneurial spirit. The awards successfully helped student entrepreneurs on the road to achieving their goals: around twenty start-up companies were established; and more than 80% of those who received the award said it had a positive influence on their career. As there are now many award options available to budding entrepreneurs, the NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards are no longer available.

Past Winners

$10,000

Benjamin Hatton
Benjamin Hatton

Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica (PMO) Thin Films for Low-K Applications in Microelectronics

University of Toronto

$5,000

Richard Yuqiang Tu
Richard Yuqiang Tu

Bimettalic Thermal Resists for Photomask, Micromachining and Microfabrication

Simon Fraser University
Razvan Nutiu
Razvan Nutiu

Structure-Switching Signaling Aptamers – Generic DNA Probes for Drug Discovery

McMaster University

$1,000

Siyuan He
Siyuan He

A Novel Repulsive Force Out-of-Plane Micro Electrostatic Actuator as Platform for MEMS Devices

University of Toronto
Mira Francis
Mira Francis

Novel Formulation for the Oral Administration of Poorly-Soluble Drugs

Université de Montréal
Laurette McCormick
Laurette McCormick

Key Discoveries for the Commercialisation of a Novel DNA Sequencing Technology

University of Ottawa
Terris Yakimovich
Terris Yakimovich

The Dynamic Knee Joint – A New Age of Leg Support

University of Ottawa
Todd Hoare
Todd Hoare

Glucose-Responsive Microgels for Self-Regulating Insulin Delivery

McMaster University
Marie-Christine Bélanger
Marie-Christine Bélanger

Airborne Remote Sensing

Université Laval
Heather Lord
Heather Lord

Immobilized Antibody SPME Probes for Highly Specific Bioanalysis of Drugs

University of Waterloo