Researcher of the Year

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

WHO CAN APPLY: An individual or team

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 has been recognized as a leading expert in his/her/their field as the recipient of major awards or through citations by others in refereed journals and publications.

Nominations for the 2021 ASTech Awards are open March 1 – May 31, 2021.