Awards and Prizes

Recognizing accomplishments

Know of a researcher who has achieved great things, or are you looking for your own research accomplishments to be recognized? There are a number of awards and prizes available to you. The table below highlights awards and prizes you or your colleagues may be eligible for:

Award Award description Deadline
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada - Awards
There are a number of awards offered through the Royal Society of Canada in a number of areas. Vist the Society's website for more information. Dec. 1
NSERC John C. Polanyi Award This award recognizes and supports a university researcher or team of researchers whose work has led to a recent outstanding Canadian advance in a field of the natural sciences or engineering. March 1
The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering This prize recognizes interdisciplinary research excellence and is awarded to an outstanding team of Canadian researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of exceptional international significance in the natural sciences and engineering during the last six years. March 1
The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering This medal recognizes research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence.  It is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research, for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields. March 1
Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.  Members are those who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. Dec. 1
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Fellowship This award is considered one of the highest honours for members of the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and future well-being of the health sciences, irrespective of the fellow's specific discipline. March 9
Impact Awards - Gold Medal SSHRC's highest research honour. It is awarded ($100,000) to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. One nomination per university per year. April 5
Impact Awards - Insight Award This $50,000 award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. One nomination per university per year. April 5
Impact Awards - Connection Award The Connection Award ($50,000) recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts. One nomination per university per year. April 5
Impact Awards - Partnership Award The Partnership Award ($50,000) recognizes a SSHRC-funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.One nomination per university per year. April 5
Killam Research Fellowships Fellowships are awarded each year, normally to full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have an outstanding reputation in their area of research. The fellowship provides 2 years of release time (valued at $70,000 per year). May 15
Discovery Awards These awards recognize the talented individuals and outstanding companies whose exemplary work in science and technology inspire us all. The awards also promote an awareness of, and pride in, the nationally and internationally recognized work Nova Scotians are doing.
May 31
NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships These are awarded to outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are Canadian university faculty members. These fellowships are designed to enhance career development by enabling fellows to take a leave from their teaching and administrative responsibilities and devote all of their time and energy to research. June 7
Killam Prizes Five Killam Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished Canadian scholars in each field of health science, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.  The prizes are not related to a particular achievement, but rather are given in recognition of a distinguished career and exceptional contributions in one of the above fields.  The prizes are awarded with the expectation that the prize recipients will continue to contribute to the research community. June 15
Chemical Institute of Canada Medal The CIC Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada, this is the CIC’s top award. July 2
Montreal Medal This medal is presented as a mark of distinction and honour to a resident of Canada who has shown significant leadership in or has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada. July 2
The Prix Galien The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation.  Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. Oct. 30
Sloan Research Fellowships These Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  They recognize distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Sept 15
Molson Prizes Two Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, in the amount of $50,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes are intended to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Nov. 1
Trudeau Fellowship Trudeau Fellows are chosen because they have proven that they can imagine and promote new solutions to major contemporary issues, relying on both the knowledge they have drawn from leading-edge research and the conscientious attention they pay to the needs of our society. Dec. 4
The Order of Canada This award recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. No specific deadline

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