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To nominate a colleague for a specific award please refer to the relevant award details below. Information on current nomination calls can also be found in the Prizes & Awards Bulletin and Calendar.



ACFAS Prize 

Every year since 1944, ACFAS partners with various partners to award prizes rewarding excellence and influence in all areas of knowledge. It awards researchers and scientists recognized for their outstanding contributions in their respective scientific fields. 

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Balzan Prize

The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.

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Bank of Canada – Fellowship Award

The Fellowship Award provides financial support to academics who are widely recognized for their expertise and excellence in areas important to the Bank's mandate (macroeconomics, monetary economics, international finance, financial markets and institutions, financial stability and regulation, labour economics, and economic growth), and who are undertaking leading-edge research that contributes to the development of knowledge and research capabilities in those areas.

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Bank of Canada – Governor’s Award

The Bank of Canada promotes the economic and financial welfare of Canada through its activities in four main areas: monetary policy, currency, financial system stability, and funds management.  The Bank’s Fellowship Program seeks to foster excellence in research and analysis and to develop partnerships with experts outside the Bank in areas important to the Bank’s mandate. The Governor's Award provides funding to exceptional assistant and associate professors working at Canadian universities who have demonstrated the potential to make exemplary research contributions in their fields.

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Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science (Franklin Institute)

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene.

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Brockhouse Canada Prize (NSERC)

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who came together to engage in research drawing on their combined knowledge and skills, and produced a record of excellent achievements in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years. 

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Canada’s Public Policy Forum Awards

The Public Policy Forum seeks nominations for outstanding Canadians to receive the Atlantic Dinner & Awards the Testimonial Dinner & Awards and the Marcel-Côté Award.

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Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame contributes to a vibrant health care system by engaging Canada’s health leaders in educational programs that encourage youth to pursue careers in health sciences.

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Dan David Prize (Dan David Foundation)

The Dan David Prize is an international prize which annually awards three prizes of US$ 1 million each for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future.

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Diefenbaker Award (Canada Council for the Arts)

The John G. Diefenbaker Award is funded by an endowment given to the Canada Council for the Arts by the Government of Canada. The award is given annually, and it enables a distinguished German scholar to do research in Canada, which may include brief periods in the United States.

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Draper (Charles Stark) Prize (National Academy of Engineering)

It is a goal of the National Academy of Engineering to honor those who have contributed to the advancement of engineering and to improve public understanding of the importance of engineering and technology. The Draper Prize is awarded biennially, the recipient receives a $500,000 cash award, and the prize recognizes achievements in all engineering disciplines.

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Ernest C. Manning Awards

Since 1982, The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, celebrating and rewarding Canadian innovators of all ages. We tell the stories of Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world through their commercialized innovations. Nominees may be eligible for one of four Awards, from the $100 000 Principal Award to the $10 000 Innovation Award. Young Canadians participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair may be eligible for one of eight Young Canadian Awards and one of four Young Canadian Innovator Awards.

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Fulbright Canada – Awards for Canadian Scholars

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the United States. Award recipients include prominent and promising scholars, as well as experienced professionals. 

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Gerda Henkel Prize

The Gerda Henkel Prize was set up in 2006 and is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation and can be expected to continue to do so. The Gerda Henkel Prize is worth 100,000 euros. The prize money may be used at the winner’s discretion.

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Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (NSERC)

The NSERC Herzberg Medal is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering.

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Gold Leaf Prizes (CIHR)

The CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes are among the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual or team for excellence in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians. Each CIHR Gold Leaf Prize has a value of $100,000. These prizes cover achievements across all pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health) and will be awarded every two years.

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Grawemeyer Awards (University of Louisville)

The Grawemeyer Awards program at the University of Louisville pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world. By creating these awards, Charles Grawemeyer found a way to inspire, honor and nurture achievements in music composition, education, religion, psychology and ideas improving world order. The Grawemeyer Awards are five (5) annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion. They were founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer to help make the world a better place.

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Gruber Prizes (Gruber Foundation)

The International Prize Program honors individuals in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, and Neuroscience, whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

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Harvey Prize

The Harvey Prize is awarded annually in a variety of disciplines within the categories of Science & Technology and Human Health. The Harvey Prize has also been awarded for Contribution to Peace in the Middle East.

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Holberg Prize

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology.

The deadline to nominate a candidate to the Holberg Prize is the 15 June each year. The prize winner is announced in March and the award ceremony is held in the second week of June, in Bergen.

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Impact Awards (SSHRC)

The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship supported by SSHRC. There are five (5) awards given: Gold Medal, Talent Award (student award - contact Graduate Studies), Insight Award, Connection Award, Partnership Award.

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Kavli Prize (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters)

The objective of the Kavli Prize is to recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: Astrophysics; Nanoscience; Neuroscience.

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Killam Prizes (Canada Council for the Arts)

Every year the Killam Program offers awards to outstanding Canadian scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. These awards are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards. They are made possible through the Killam Trusts by a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam, and a gift she made before her death in 1965. Five prizes of $100,000 are awarded each year in recognition of outstanding career achievements (1 prize in each of the 5 fields).

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Lasker Awards

The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Lasker Awards often presage future recognition by the Nobel committee, so they have become popularly known as "America's Nobels." Eighty-seven Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 43 in the last three decades.

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LUI Che Woo Prize

The LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilization aims to build a better world by recognizing people or organizations who have made remarkable contributions to the welfare of mankind and encouraging them to continue their efforts in the same direction.

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Molson Prizes (Canada Council for the Arts and SSHRC)

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.

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NSERC Awards for Science Promotion

The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada through activities encouraging popular interest in science or developing science abilities. Two recipients (one individual and one group) may be selected for the awards each year.

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Ontario Arts Council: Aboriginal Arts Award

The Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award was created in 2012 by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) in recognition of the distinctive contributions made by Aboriginal artists and arts leaders in Ontario. The award will be presented annually to honour their distinguished careers and outstanding achievements. The winner will receive a cash award of $10,000.

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Ontario Institute for Cancer Research(OICR) Transformative Pathology Research Fellowship Award

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) announces the availability of three funding opportunities for Research Fellowships in Transformative Pathology. These awards have been created to increase the opportunities for training pathologists in the area of molecular diagnostic pathology in Ontario. Trainees will be located either at an Ontario hospital or at OICR, and their training program will be established in collaboration with the OICR Transformative Pathology Program.

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Order of Ontario 

The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour. It recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world.

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Partners in Research National Awards

Partners in Research’s (PIR) mandate is to educate the public about the importance and significance of research within the biomedical and natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics domains. With these awards we celebrate the promotion to the public of leading Canadian research through outreach activities and recognize the impact of this research on the lives of Canadians.

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Polanyi  (John C.) Award (NSERC)

The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering.

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Prix Galien Canada Research Award

The Prix Galien is open to any person or team who has been involved for at least the last five years in research leading or making a substantial contribution to the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease. Candidates from academia, health care institutions, research centers and industry are eligible.

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Royal Society of Canada Medals/Awards

The Royal Society of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement is a portfolio of more than 18 prestigious medals and awards. The diversity of the awards portfolio mirrors the diversity of the Canadian scholarly community. It includes awards as disciplinarily disparate as an Award in Gender Studies, the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry, and the Pierre Chauveau Medal in the Humanities.  

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Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars 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. It will comprise a fourth entity (along with the current three Academies) within the Royal Society of Canada.

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Royal Society of Canada Fellowship

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. The primary objective of the Society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences. The three (3) Academies of the Society have a total of over 2000 members who are designated as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. To become a Fellow of the Society, an individual must be nominated by either (1) a current Fellow of the Society, or (2) an Institutional Member of the RSC.

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Rolex Awards for Enterprise 

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support inspiring individuals who carry out innovative projects that advance human knowledge or well-being.

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Rumelhart (David E.) Prize (Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation)

The David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Contributions may be formal in nature: mathematical modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of the award.

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Steacie Prize (National Research Council Canada)

The Steacie Prize is a Canadian award of $10,000 presented once a year to a scientist or engineer of 40 years of age or less for outstanding scientific research carried out in Canada. The winner is selected by a distinguished panel which is appointed annually by the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in Canada. Nominations of candidates should be made by a colleague, and should include a description and evaluation of the nominee’s work, together with a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a list of referees.

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Synergy Awards for Innovation (NSERC) - Please contact MILO 

The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding research and development (R&D) partnerships between a university or a college, and industry, in the natural sciences and engineering. Since 1995, the Awards have showcased the benefits of pooling university and industry resources to make the most of Canadian research excellence and Canadian industrial expertise.

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Taylor (J. Allyn) International Prize in Medicine (Robarts Research Institute)

The Taylor Prize is awarded annually by Robarts Research Institute. The recipient is nominated by the scientific community and selected by a peer jury which focuses on research areas that are integral to Robarts’ mandate.

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Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

John and Alice Tyler decided in 1972 to create a new international award to recognize those individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the environment of the world.

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World Cultural Council Awards

The World Cultural Council is an international organization, based in Mexico, whose objectives are to promote culture, values and goodwill throughout the world. One of the means by which it strives to do so is by granting the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts to outstanding personalities whose work has had a significantly positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates.

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World Food Prize (The World Food Prize Foundation)

The World Food Prize has come to be known as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" and aims to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. This $250,000 prize is awarded to individuals who have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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