University of Saskatchewan

September 17, 2014   

Innovation Challenge Award

The Innovation Challenge Award launched in 2004 by NSERC and the Canadian Science and Technology Growth Fund (CSTGF) has been established to encourage students doing graduate studies in the natural sciences, engineering or computer sciences to take a new look at their thesis work and identify the potential commercial application(s) of their research results.

The Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan (ILO) has partnered with Innovation Place to encourage graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan to apply for the NSERC Innovation Challenge Award by sponsoring a competition for the selection of two U of S nominees for the NSERC Innovation Challenge Award. The two successful nominees will each receive:

  • A cash award of $500.00
  • A letter from the Managing Director of the Industry Liaison Office recommending his/her proposal for nomination for the NSERC Innovation Challenge competition. Each university is allowed two nominations.
  • An invitation to the Celebrate Success gala awards ceremony, hosted by the Great Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, held each spring, where their names will be announced.

Application Process/Eligibility/Selection Criteria

Applicants will follow the NSERC guidelines found on the NSERC web site.

Closing Date for SubmissionsThe closing date for submission to the nominating committee will be announced at a later date and is typically in April, one month in advance of the NSERC deadline. Please submit proposals and supporting material in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to:

Innovation Challenge
c/o Industry Liaison Office
Office of the Vice-President Research
University of Saskatchewan
Suite 501 - 121 Research Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1K2

Successful nominees will be announced each year at the Celebrate Success Gala awards ceremony in May.

Contact Information – For more information, please contact Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan; phone: 966-1465. Email:>

All information submitted will remain confidential

(Updated on March 28, 2013)