Encouraging and Celebrating
Innovation in Nursing

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 125 Founding Donors, each of whom have pledged $2,500 over five years. The awards are presented at a reception in November each year.  

In 2019, the inaugural year, two awards totalling $30,000 were presented to Ontario nurse innovators. In 2020, the value of awards presented was $63,000.  Details about the NIA winners can be found here.

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
You can contribute to the Nurse Innovator Award Fund. Donations of any size are always welcome. 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. Individuals or organizations interested in contributing $2,500 or more to the fund will be welcomed as NIA Friends and Supporters. Donatons can be paid in one lump sum, or in installments. Friends and Supporters are recognized on the RNFOO website, and receive regular updates on the NIA. 

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 Nurse Innovator Award opens in the Spring. There is a 2-step process for applicants: the first step is completed through our on-line process. Applicants short-listed after this step are 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. Applications are reviewed by a team of volunteer supporters.

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