Research Awards

Recognizing a lifetime of innovation

Rob Burrell has spent his life inventing and innovating—including helping design more than 15 medical processes and products. Before joining UAlberta, Burrell developed Acticoat, the world’s first therapeutic use of nanotechnology. Since then, Acticoat has transformed burn and wound care around the world, saving thousands of lives and limbs. A global healthcare firm acquired Acticoat, which is now used in about 50 countries and represents $1B in sales. Today, he is developing a device to distinguish viral infections from bacterial ones in minutes to help address unnecessary antibiotic use. He is also developing a device to detect thyroid cancer markers.

In recognition of his many achievements, Burrell was recently elected to the (U.S.) National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors.

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James Pinfold awarded Killam Prize in Natural Sciences

James Pinfold has been at the forefront of some of the most important discoveries in particle physics of the last 50 years.

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Innovation Awards

Since 2013, the Innovation Awards (formerly known as Innovation Makes Sense) has honoured the University of Alberta researchers, their groundbreaking technologies and the commercialization community that has helped bring their innovations from out of the lab and into the world.

Hosted by TEC Edmonton (the commercialization agent for UAlberta), the Innovation Awards feature an awards ceremony that presents awards to those researchers who successfully received a patent for their technology that year, and who successfully created a spin-off company from the university.

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Awards by the Numbers

Our faculty's research and scholarship achievements are recognized by awards and honours. .View a recent sampling.


Internal Awards

The Office of the Vice-President (Research) administers the several internal research awards.

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External Awards Support

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Awards Database

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