Does your company have a product, service or process that is new to Connecticut in the last five years and has reached the market? Then it may be eligible to apply for the 16th annual Innovation Prize sponsored by the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Partnership.


A single-page application is available online, to be postmarked by May 19, allowing applicants to describe the approach, deployment and results of their innovation, including: 1) a description of an organizational problem that was solved by the innovation; 2) a description of the new product, service or process introduced in the last five years; 3) why the applicant considers it innovative; and 4) using numbers applicants show how this innovation benefited their organization. Although greatest emphasis is placed on the innovation, no application will be considered without historical numerical results.


The CQIA Partnership Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Stamford, takes no money from state of federal governments. All funding comes from application fees, conference registration and sponsors. This year’s sponsors are Joining Technologies, Basement Systems, Honeywell, TRUMPF, Robinson & Cole LLP, Cartus, Kimchuk, Perkin Elmer and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.

Since the program began in 1995, the CQIA Innovation Prize has awarded plaques to 524 Connecticut organizations. Highest-level platinum Innovation Prize recipients include Alexion Pharmaceuticals (2008), Griffin Hospital (1996 and 2010), Packard BioScience (2001), Protein Sciences Corp. (1999), Southern Connecticut State University (2009), the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (2010) and Z-Medica (2003).

For a list of 524 CQIA Innovation Prize platinum, gold and silver recipients as well as the 2011 CQIA Innovation Prize criteria, visit