Deadline for prestigious research award extended to May 15

Mar 18th, 2020

By Jeff Green

Proposals for the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award are extended until May 15.
Deadline for prestigious research award extended to May 15

Proposals are being accepted for one of Memorial’s most sought-after research awards for new scholars.

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award, valued at up to $50,000, recognizes emerging faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific proposal has real potential to make a significant impact on society.

The award is supported through funding from Suncor on behalf of partners in the Terra Nova oil field.

Please note: The deadline for submissions from early-career researchers is extended from April 15 to May 15.

Over the years, the award has helped kick-start research programs based in music, medicine, chemistry, business administration, engineering and applied science and linguistics.

“The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award allows some of our best young scientists and researchers to push the envelope as they develop their bold and promising ideas,” said Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research).

“Memorial is extremely grateful to Suncor and its partners in the Terra Nova oil field for their visionary support represented by this award. I encourage young faculty across the disciplines to consider submitting proposals.”

Applications are due by the end of the business day on May 15.

Researchers should submit proposals electronically to Tina Winsor with the Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit. 

Please contact your unit’s grants facilitator (or, if the unit has no grants facilitator, the person with signing authority for your unit) to confirm if there are earlier, internal deadlines. These internal deadlines must be factored into the timing of the development and submission of these applications.

More information about the award, including its criteria and Terms of Reference, is available online.

Information session

An information session -- originally scheduled for March 19 -- for those interested in learning more about the award is postponed.

If you have questions related to the award, please email Ellen Steinhauer, awards and honours, SIRI, via email at

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award builds on the legacy of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards and reflects a shared commitment by Suncor and Memorial to enable exceptional young faculty to be adventurous in their research, to explore novel ideas and to be creative in the way they investigate important research issues.

Jeff Green is a senior communications advisor with the Office of the Vice-President (Research). He can be reached at



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