Nurse Innovator Award

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The deadline for applications has been extended to noon on Friday, June 17, 2022.

The Nurse Innovator Award (NIA) was conceived by the RNFOO Honorary Life Members to design and build a mechanism to enable, encourage, support and celebrate nursing innovation. The initial fundraising campaign recruited 124 Founding Donors, each of whom have pledged $2,500 over five years. Nurses with new and original ideas and methods can find financial support and mentorship to create the changes they imagine. For the purposes of this award, an innovative approach is an idea that has not been tried before and one that will enhance nursing practice, nursing education, nursing work/life, and/or the patient experience from the nursing perspective

The Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award (CCNEA) of $25,000.00 was conceived and funded by Connie Clerici, Founder and Executive Chair of the Board of Closing the Gap, a home care agency in Ontario and a nurse entrepreneur herself.  Managed through the NIA Committee, the award was initiated in 2021 and is being offered for a second time in 2022.

To date, the NIA Committee has distributed $188,000 to innovative and entrepreneurial nurses in Ontario.  Details about the 2021 NIA and Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award (CCNEA) winners can be found here

For 2022, there is up to $70,000 available for the NIA awards and $25,000 for the CCNEA.    

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm, June 6, 2022.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO NOON FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022.

 

Applicants for a Nurse Innovator Award must be an RN, RPN, or NP currently registered in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and living or working in Ontario.  In the event of a team application, the lead professional(s) must be an RN, RPN or NP.
Nurse Innovators applying for this award will be using creative thinking and idea development, and be willing and prepared to embark on an initiative that will advance nursing practice, nursing education, nursing work life, and/or the patient experience from the nursing perspective. 

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. 

An Applicant Webinar was held on April 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm EST. Click HERE to view the recording of that session.

There is a 2-step process for applicants:
STEP 1
Applicants must register (using the NIA/NEA Applicant login box that will be available), pay the $25 application fee, and provide all information requested through the on-line form. In addition to basic information, applicants must submit:
i) A letter of intent (3-page maximum) providing:

  • a title that clearly defines the innovation (maximum 10 words)
  • a clear description of the innovation in the opening paragraph
  • the issue the innovation addresses including relevant background
  • anticipated impact on nursing practice, nursing education, nursing work life, and/or the patient experience from the nursing perspective
  • target audience(s), stated aims, planned deliverables, and plan for implementation

ii) An abbreviated résumé (2-page maximum) that focuses on professional experiences, positions, education and other pertinent information that is relevant to the focus of the application. In the event of a team application, a combined 2-page summary resume is required.

iii) Two supporting letters from people who can attest to the value and potential of the innovation and the applicant’s ability to execute the innovation.

Applicants may wish to review the Step 1 scoring tool, in order to better understand what the committee is looking for.
Applications must be marked complete by the posted deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed, and a short-list of candidates will proceed to the second step.

STEP 2 
Applicants selected to go forward from Step 1 will be notified no later than June 30, 2022. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide: 

A 3-minute (maximum) self-made video. The video must be clear, compelling and brief. Instructions for uploading videos will be provided. The video can be self-filmed on a cell phone, and must include the following descriptions:

  • A clear and prominent description of the innovation
  • How the innovation proposes original ideas for addressing an important issue
  • The impact, and how it will make a difference to nursing practice, nursing education, nursing work life, and/or the patient experience from a nursing perspective
  • Why you think you are the person who can lead the successful innovation
    What you will do to evaluate the project and disseminate the results of the innovation to others

In addition to the video please provide:
i) A synopsis (50-word abstract) of the innovation

ii) Detailed outcomes, timeline and specific deliverables for 2023 (2-page limit)

iii) A detailed statement of funds requested and /or already received (download template).

iv) A letter from an organizational sponsor (where appropriate) who can champion the innovation, provide mentorship, and/or be a contact person for receipt of funds.

Applicants may wish to review the Step 2 scoring tool, in order to better understand what the committee is looking for.

All submissions are due by noon, Monday August 15, 2022.
A webinar for applicants invited to Step 2 will be held in the last week of June; a recording will be available to those who cannot attend.

Winner(s) will be notified no later than Sept. 15, 2022 and should be prepared to attend the NIA reception to be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Applicants should note that submission of the video application gives RNFOO permission to share and edit the video for NIA promotion.

It is expected that the innovation will be carried out within twelve months of receiving funding. Awards will be distributed at or immediately after the Reception in November, pending receipt of the signed agreement that will be provided by the RNFOO office.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a progress summary report (3-page maximum) six months after the commencement of the project and a final report and deliverables (5-page maximum) upon completion.

RNFOO Nurse Innovator Award funding must be acknowledged in any publication or presentation that results from the award.

The Nurse Innovator Award has mentors who are willing to help successful award winners as they implement their innovations.

 

Applicants for the Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award must be an RN, RPN, or NP currently registered in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and living or working in Ontario. Applicant(s) must be aspiring or new entrepreneurs (in business for three years or less) whose business is focused on providing or supporting quality health care to Ontarians.  Applicant(s) cannot be an employee or consultant in a business managed or owned by others. 

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. 

An Applicant Webinar was held on April 27, 2022, 7:00 EST. Click HERE to view the recording of that session.

There is a 2-step process for applicants:

STEP 1
Applicants must register (using the NIA/CCNEA Applicant login box that will be available), pay the $25 application fee, and provide all information requested through the on-line form. In addition to basic information, applicants must submit:
i) A proposal (3-page maximum) that must include:

  • the purpose of the business, program and/or service;
  • a description of how the business, program and/or service directly or indirectly supports, provides or enables quality health care to Ontarians;
  • how the business/program or service meets a current gap or unmet need
  • how that need was determined
  • a plan for how the funds will be specifically used.

ii) A current résumé (2–page maximum) that focuses on information relevant to the focus of the application.

iii) Two supporting letters from people who can speak to the applicant’s potential and ability to achieve the stated goal(s). Referees should not be personal friends or family members.

Applications must be marked complete by the posted deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed, and a short-list of candidates will proceed to the second step.

STEP 2: The Pitch 
Applicants selected to go forward from Step 1 will be notified no later than  5PM July 15, and will be invited to “sell” their idea in an interview (no longer than 30 minutes) with the Step Two Selection Committee.  

Please watch the website for the date of the Step Two Pitch session.

Short-listed applicants will be asked to:

  • do a brief (no longer than 10 minutes) presentation outlining their proposal and how it contributes to the health of Ontarians;
  • respond to questions and engage in a discussion (no longer than 20 minutes) about their proposal with the Selection Committee.

Winner(s) will be notified no later than Sept. 15, 2022 and should be prepared to attend the NIA reception to be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Winner(s) will commit to providing a written report one year following receipt of the award describing how the funds have been used to support the applicants’ business goals; providing a business, program and/or service that supports, provides or enables quality healthcare to Ontarians. 

RNFOO CCNEA funding must be acknowledged in any publication or presentation that results from the award.

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NIA and CCNEA Applicant login

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CCNEA Applicant Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm.

Applicant Webinar Resources

Click HERE to access the recording of the NIA Applicant webinar held on April 14/22.

Click here to access the slide deck from the NIA webinar.

Click HERE to access the recording of the CCNEA Applicant webinar held on April 27/22.

Click here to access the slide deck from the CCNEA webinar.

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