Researcher of the Year (Individual/Team: Academia, Research Institutions, Large Companies)

This award honours leadership and significant contribution to a science, engineering, mathematics or technology (STEM) research, innovation or breakthrough.

QUALIFIED NOMINEES: An individual or team in Academia, Research, Institutions, and Large Companies.

Written nomination submission MUST address the following criteria. Frame your answers for a non-expert in your field; use layman’s terms.


  • 1. What is the problem or opportunity you addressed through this innovation? (250 words)
  • 2. How did you develop the solution to this problem? Answer the following questions: (750 words)
    • – Describe the research and how it is unique and leading edge.
    • – How has the innovation advanced new knowledge in the field? Is it a niche market, or can it be applied broadly in other fields?
    • – Has the innovation or research resulted in a solution to a common or persistent problem? Has it been an incremental change or a major leap forward?
    • – What is the significance of these advancements?
  • 3. Demonstrate impact. (500 words)
    • – Describe the overall impact and benefits of the contribution to science, engineering, mathematics or technology. How is the contribution particularly noteworthy, locally and globally?
    • – How does this work further the growth and diversification of Alberta’s economy?
    • – Describe how the nominee(s) has been recognized as a leading expert in their field as the recipient of major awards or through citations by others in refereed journals and publications.

Note – The nomination format is general for all categories.