Call for Nominations - R3 Research Innovation Awards


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The R3 Research Innovation Awards are now open for nominations. This year's theme is Innovations in Aging.

Every second year, the NBIF has been proud to award 3 New Brunswick researchers with the Research Innovation Awards at the R3 Gala.

R3 has a distinct mission – to promote awareness of the exceptional work undertaken by our New Brunswick research institutions and local community researchers.

The R3 Research Innovation Awards are given to individuals, teams and/or organizations whose work is determined to be truly exceptional, transformative, and which results in a positive impact on the quality of life of New Brunswickers.

With 2018 marking the event’s ten-year anniversary, we are thrilled to be taking the event to even greater heights. We’ve partnered with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network to create a three-day event that that will inspire, educate, provoke meaningful conversation, and foster a collaborative approach to solving a complex challenge. On the final evening of the event, we will award the honorees.

Concern about the aging population is top of mind across Canada and many other countries around the world. But demographics in the province of New Brunswick pose a unique urgency – and a unique opportunity. Advancements in supporting the aging population can take many forms, so nominations from a range of disciplines are encouraged.

For the first time since R3’s inception, each honoree will receive $50,000 in NBIF research funding. In addition, we will award a viewer’s choice recipient with $15,000 in NBIF research funding. The research funds awarded must be administered by the host institution.

Each of the 3 honorees will also be awarded research support services worth $2,500 from the NB Social Policy Research Network to assist with knowledge mobilization planning, dissemination of research findings, policy support, and coordination services.

The awards ceremony will take place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the evening of April 12th, 2018.


Complete our online form to submit your nomination.

Since funding must be administered by a publicly-funded institution, each nomination must be comprised of at least one researcher who holds a faculty position at a publicly-funded New Brunswick university, college or research institution. Collaboration is strongly encouraged, and researchers, industry, health providers, community organizations, and government are welcome to cooperate.

Nominations must be received on or before 11:59 PM, January 26, 2018, using the online submission form only. We do not accept paper or email submissions.


Nominees will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the researcher has shown promise and innovation in addressing healthy aging.
  • The creative use of new knowledge and/or technology to develop ideas aimed at addressing contemporary social, economic or cultural challenges and solving real-world problems.
  • The evidence of the successful implementation of these ideas, resulting in a positive impact beyond the nominee's own community or organization.
  • The degree to which the nominee and the activities undertaken have demonstrated inspiration, creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and problem solving.


All eligible nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee that will determine the degree to which each nominee meets the specific selection criteria. Selection Committee members will be recruited Canada-wide, and determined to be experts in aging. They will be recruited from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as from the research community.

Committee members will identify 5 finalists, each of whom will be selected to participate in a short video documentary. Videos will be used promotionally and in the selection of the viewer’s choice recipient. From there, the 3 honorees and viewer’s choice recipient will be chosen.


The NBIF will award each of the three honorees with a total of $50,000 in research funding. Funding will be comprised of:

  • $20,000 in Research Assistantship Funding. Funding may be used to hire undergraduate or graduate student researchers. 
  • $30,000 in Research Innovation Funding. Funds may be used for any eligible research expense that furthers the research project objectives. 

The NBIF will award the Viewer’s Choice recipient with a total of $15,000 in research funding, which can be used for any eligible research expense, including student stipends.

For all research funding, Tri-Council eligibility rules apply and funds must be administered by a University or College in New Brunswick.


Contact us with any questions. Submit your nomination today!