One innovation award will be available every second year, or at the discretion of the OURA Executive, and is valued at $5,000 to be given in the form of an endowment to fund a student scholarship at the winning institution. It is suggested that the winning institution consider matching opportunities from the Ontario government that may be in place at the time of receiving this award. Factors to be considered for the application and selection process:
1. The Selection Committee reserves the right not to give an award if not warranted in its judgment.
2. Initiatives may be resubmitted by an institution in subsequent years provided the submission contains additional qualitative and quantitative results.
3. Clear documentation of how the project is being implemented and, where applicable, clear evidence of the outcomes that reflect at least 12 months of measurable results are also required.
4. Applications will be published on the OURA web site. In addition abstracts of the winning projects, together with the title and contact persons for all submissions, will be distributed through the OURA Newsletter and list serve.
Awards nominees and the winner will be announced at the Annual OURA Conference. A plaque will be presented to the winning institution.