An Exciting New Initiative

RNFOO is pleased to administer the RNFOO Nurse Innovator Award. In 2019, the inaugural year, two awards totalling $30,000 were presented to Ontario nurse innovators who are applying new ideas and methods to advance practice, education and/or the patient experience.  Details about the winners can be found here.


The Nurse Innovator Award (NIA) was conceived by the Honorary Life Members of the Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario to design and build a mechanism to enable, encourage, support and celebrate nursing innovation. The initial fundraising campaign recruited 112 Founding Donors, each of whom have pledged $2,500 over five years. The first awards were presented at a reception in November, 2019.  The 2020 NIA Awards will again be presented at a reception in November.

The nurses approached to fund this award have offered wholehearted support along with their pledges and donations.  Here are just a few of the comments received from them:

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How You Can Get Involved
The Founding Donors are pleased to welcome Friends and Supporters to join with them in supporting the NIA fund.  Our goal for 2020 is to raise $100,000. To become a Friend and Supporter, individuals or organizations are asked to make a donation of at least $2,500, which can be paid in one lump sum, or in installments.  Friends and Supporters will be recognized on the RNFOO website, will receive an invitation to the annual reception that announces and celebrates the award winners and regular updates on the NIA.  Click here to pledge your support for the Nurse Innovator Award.

Those who are unable to make a minimum donation of $2,500, but would still like to support the NIA and contribute to the stability and success of this initiative, please click here to donate to the Nurse Innovator Award.  Be sure to select the NIA Fund from the drop-down menu at the top of the form.

You can help to spread the word about the Nurse Innovator Award.  Share information about the availability of this award with any nurses you know who might be in a position to apply.  Let colleagues and friends know about this fund specifically, and RNFOO generally, as a charity worthy of their support.

Applying to the Nurse Innovator Award Fund
The application process for the 2020 Nurse Innovator Award will be open from April 1 through May 31 DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm. 

There is a 2-step process for applicants: the first step is completed through our on-line process; applicants short-listed after this step will be asked to provide further details and a clear, compelling, and brief, self-made video providing more information about the innovative idea, how it addresses an important issue, and how it will make a difference to nursing practice, nursing education and/or the patient experience from the nursing perspective.

If you are interested in applying please review the details here.