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Social Innovation and Action Research Award

The Social Innovation and Action Research Award is a university-wide, annual award being awarded for a completed rigorous research project, typically with community partners, focused on advancing social goals (normally defined as poverty alleviation and development, education, health, human rights, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention and peace building, sustainability, and capacity building and engagement). Projects may include a full range of social innovation initiatives, such as corporate social responsibility, public private partnerships, new ventures and process improvements within existing non-profit or government organizations.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a research award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • RFA members of the University community are eligible to apply. Please note that retired members, professors emeriti and adjunct professors are not eligible.
  • Faculty who receive this award may not receive the same award for two years (e.g. 2015-2016 recipients cannot receive the same award until 2018-2019. They are ineligible for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018).
  • Award recipients shall present a brief description of their research to the Ryerson University community in which they discuss aspects of the scholarly, research or creative work for which they are receiving the award. This may include a description of how the scholarly, research or creative activity was conceived and conducted and its significance within and beyond their disciplinary context.
Who can submit a nomination?

Candidates are nominated by two colleagues, a ‘Nominator’ and a ‘Seconder’. The Nominator is required to supply the information and documents as outlined below under Nomination Process and Nomination Package. A Seconder for each nomination is also required and may assist the Nominator in preparing the nomination package. Please note that either the Nominator and/or the Seconder must be a member of a department or school other than the nominee’s.

Award criteria

Contributions to scholarly, research and creative achievement to be considered by the selection committee should include:

  • Evidence of excellence in design and/or implementation.
  • Collaborations with community partners.
  • The impact of the work is of social or public benefit and contributes to a change that influences well-being, health, access and equity.
  • The work is innovative in that it attempts something new or remakes a tested concept into a new context.
  • The results of the work are measurable and have had an impact in a social area.
  • The work can be replicated or scaled.
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the submission package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives confirmation email with link to provide online consent. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

The nomination should provide:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) highlighting why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communications should the nominee or team be selected.
  • Supporting Statement (three page maximum) of why the nominators feel that this scholar’s work has proved outstanding and important to the advancement of knowledge or creativity in the field.
  • Comprehensive summary (five page maximum) of the scholarly, research and creative achievements of the nominee.
  • Supporting materials (five document maximum) including, if appropriate, external appraisals of the nominee’s work and one or two significant publications.
  • Updated CV in Common or OCGS format - this requirement is submitted after the initial application/nomination process. Applicants/nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion.
Selection process

The award recipient(s) shall be chosen by the OVPRI Prizes and Awards Committee, which is chaired by the VPRI and comprised of the Associate Deans, Research, who serve on the SRC Representatives Committee. Members of the VPRI Prizes and Awards Committee who are nominated must recuse themselves from all discussion related to the selection process. The Committee may determine not to present an award in a particular academic year.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 21
Award presentations: Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Luncheon; Ryerson Awards Night


Laura Greflund, events coordinator at or 416-979-5000, ext. 3424


Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Scholarly, Research & Creative Activity Luncheon

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Laura Greflund
Communications, Events and Administration Coordinator
416-979-5000, ext. 3424