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Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards

Value $25,000 for one year, non-renewable
Number of awards 5 or more
Application deadline

January 15

How to apply See below
Application forms
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The objective of the Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards is to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and design*, and mathematics (STEAM) to the next generation of scientists and engineers. The award will be given to individuals who clearly demonstrate inspiring achievements in these fields by applying their passion to have an impact on their community. Winners can approach their passion for technology and science from any angle, whether from an art and design perspective, research project, public outreach, or development of a new idea or product. Winners of the Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards will show strong potential to become ambassadors for STEAM fields for younger generations.

The main award sponsors are Ingenium Foundation, NSERC and Indspire.

*Art and design fields will only be accepted if they are integrated in science and technology. 


To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada by the application deadline;
  • be 16 to 18 years of age by the application deadline;
  • have been recognized for accomplishments in a formal capacity (e.g., selected as a winner or participant of a science fair, patent application, conference presentation) or less formal capacity (e.g., founding a coding club, developing a course for kids, creating an interactive art installation, volunteer work, community outreach);
  • have obtained, over the previous year of study, an academic average of 80% or higher;
  • be preparing to enroll in the fall of 2020 in your first year of post-secondary education (university, college or CÉGEP) in a STEAM field at a Canadian institution.

The award sponsors welcome applicants who reflect the diverse nature of our country. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities. Two awards will be granted to eligible Indigenous students.

How do you apply?

To be considered for this award, you must submit the following documents by 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the deadline date:

  • Application Form
  • Letters of support (2)
  • Transcripts
  • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form
  • Video clip (illustrates achievements and outreach capabilities, demonstrates oral communication skills [2 mins max])

Applications must be submitted electronically using the This link will take you to another Web site Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Scholarships and Fellowships Programs. Documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Review procedures and selection criteria

An NSERC committee will review the applications and make recommendations to a selection board based on the following weighted selection criteria:

  • Academic excellence (10%)
  • Communication skills (30%)
  • Passion for solving real world problems within your community (30%)
  • Potential to become ambassadors to younger generations for STEAM fields (30%)

Notification of decision

NSERC will inform all eligible applicants of the outcome of their application in March, after it has completed its selection process.

NSERC and Ingenium may publish the recipient’s name (and other basic award information) on their websites. For more information, read the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (ATIP).

Promotion purposes for recipient

The award winners will be invited to attend the annual awards ceremony for the Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards. The ceremony will be held in Ottawa in April. Award winners’ travel fees will be covered by Ingenium.

Ingenium and NSERC may, from time-to-time, wish to make public (for the purposes of publicity and promotion) selected information regarding award recipients such as, but not limited to:

  • the recipient’s name;
  • pictures of the recipient, taken during events;
  • the institution where they plan to take up their award;
  • the undergraduate program the recipient will be attending in the fall;
  • notable achievements for which the recipient was recognized.

Furthermore, for the duration of their award (i.e., one year), it is expected that award winners make themselves available for potential media interviews as arranged by either one or both organizations regarding their awards and accomplishments and assist in promotional activities for the program. Award winners may also be invited to attend other events during this period.