An Exciting New Initiative

RNFOO is pleased to announce the launch of the RNFOO Nurse Innovator Award. In 2019, the inaugural year, the Award will offer up to $40,000 in financial support and mentorship to Ontario nurse innovators who want to apply new ideas and methods to advance practice, education and/or the patient experience.


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 whereby 100+ Nurses Who Care will enable, encourage, support and celebrate nursing innovation.  The first awards were presented at a reception in November 2019.

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
Pledgers support this initiative by committing to donate $2,500 over 5 years (many payment options are available).  Pledgers will receive regular updates about the program and special invitations to the reception that will announce and celebrate the award winners each year.  Click here to pledge your support for the Nurse Innovator Award.

Contributions from donors are also important to ensure the stability and success of this initiative.   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
Applications for this award are accepted from November through May. 

There is a 2-step process for applicants; the first step requires payment of a $25 registration fee, a letter of intent, an abbreviated résumé, and two supporting letters; applicants short-listed after this step will be asked to provide 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, education and/or the patient experience.

Further information about the application process is available here.