The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has announced the Innovation Challenge Award for graduate students in the natural sciences or engineering.
This national competition recognizes and rewards the power of an entrepreneurial spirit within Canada’s brightest young minds. There are three awards: one $10,000 grand prize and two $5,000 runner-up prizes. Honourable mention prizes may also be awarded if applications are deemed meritorious.
Eligible nominees must:
- have conducted research within the natural sciences or engineering at the Master’s or PhD level at an eligible Canadian university.
- have submitted, or expect to submit, their thesis between May 15, 2010 and May 1, 2011 (students must successfully defend their thesis before the award is offered).
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada at the time of nomination
Two nominations may be made by each Canadian university. To be considered for one of SFU’s nominations, please submit the following to email@example.com by Monday, March 28, 2011:
- A one-page summary, reviewed and signed by the your supervisor, that describes your research and the primary commercial product or service that could be implemented or developed through application of the research results
- Your up-to-date curriculum vitae that provides information on your contributions to publications (including patents) and collaborative research activities, and including full contact information.
SFU’s Innovation Office will select the nominee(s) that will be put forward from SFU, and assist with the completion of the required documentation, including a detailed six-page proposal, for submission to NSERC by their deadline of May 2, 2011.
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