National Awards & Honours A-C

National Awards & Honours A-C
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ACTION Canada Fellowships
Deadline: March 30
Action Canada and Public Policy Forum have joined forces to present the Action Canada Fellowship, a 10-month national leadership development and policy engagement program. This program brings together emerging leaders from across the country. Together, fellows learn about and experience different parts of Canada, our history, and ultimately, work together to make good policy for a better Canada.

ACUNS – Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research
January 31
The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.  The recipient will join a distinguished cohort deserving of recognition for their significant contribution and broad impact on the northern natural science community. This prestigious award and designation includes a prize of over $100,000: $50,000 cash, $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellow of the recipient’s choice, and additional funds intended for First Nations and Inuit engagement.

Bank of Canada Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 10
The Fellowship Program is designed to encourage and foster excellence in research that relates to the Bank’s core functions: monetary policy, the financial system, currency and funds management.  The program promotes collaboration and partnerships between Bank researchers and leading academics at Canadian post-secondary institutions. It also contributes to the education and development of Canada’s researchers in fields related to the Banks’s core functions.

Bank of Canada Governor’s Award
November 10
The Governor’s Award provides financial support to academics who are recognized for their expertise and research in areas important to the Bank's core functions. The award consists of a research grant of $25,000 per year per recipient for a term of up to two years, and is subject to an annual review and confirmation process.

Canada Council for the Arts – John Hobday Awards in Arts Management
Deadline: October 2
The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes. The Professional Development and Renewal Award is granted to an outstanding arts manager wishing to take part in a recognized program, seminar or workshop. The Mentorship Award goes to an arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills under the supervision of a mentor in his or her field. Each prize is valued at $10,000.

Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Prize 
Deadline: June 15
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.  Five prizes of $100,000 are awarded each year in recognition of outstanding career achievements (1 prize in each of the 5 fields).

Canada Council for the Arts – John G. Diefenbaker Award
Deadline: November 1
The annual award, up to $95,000, enables a distinguished German scholar to do research in Canada, which may include brief periods in the United States. While research must be the primary activity during the award period, the award recipient will be encouraged to participate in the teaching activities of the host institution and to interact with the research communities in Canada and the United States by visiting other institutions. 

Canada Council for the Arts – Molson Prize
Deadline:  November 1
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.

Canadian Academy of Engineering
Deadline: October 31
Election to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in different sectors including business, academia and government and in different roles such as business management, executive management, technical, and university faculty. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers (current CAE members) to honorary Fellowship in the Academy in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
March 9
CAHS recognizes individuals of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada. Fellows elected to the Academy will be well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. They will have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science.

Canadian Education Association – Whitworth Award
May 31
The Whitworth Award is awarded every three years and recognizes individuals who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to educational research over a period of time.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Deadline: Last Monday in June of each year
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureates are Canadian citizens, living and posthumous, whose outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are considered role models who inspire young Canadians to pursue careers in the health sciences.

Canadian Museum of Nature - Nature Inspiration Awards
Deadline: April 30
The Nature Inspiration Awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation. One Grand Prize of $5000 to be given by the winner to the programme of his or her choice.  The award ceremony will be held at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Canadian Space Agency – John H. Chapman Award of Excellence
Deadline: February 9
The John H. Chapman Award of Excellence honours exceptional achievement. Established in 2000 and presented annually by the Canadian Space Agency to a member of the space community, this award celebrates a remarkable contribution to the advancement of the Canadian Space Program and a lifetime of achievement in space science and technology.

CIHR – Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research
May 1
The CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery. Valued at $25,000.

CIHR – Gold Leaf Prizes
Deadline: September 6 (every 2 years)
The CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes are awarded to an individual or team for excellence in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians. Each prize has a value of $100,000.

  • CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact: This prize is awarded to an individual or team for health research with a proven impact on health outcomes, practices, policies, and/or on the health system.
  • CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery:  This prize is awarded to an individual or team whose research findings are unique, inspirational and break new ground, significantly influencing knowledge in their field.
  • CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator:  This prize is awarded to an investigator at the beginning of their career who shows great potential and is expected to continue to produce research of exceptional merit.
  • CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation:  This prize is awarded for transformative leadership in a given CIHR priority area

CIHR - IHSPR Article of the Year Award
Deadline: February 23
The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting the advancement of health services and policy research in Canada. This award is intended to recognize published research in a peer-reviewed journal that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. IHSPR will consider articles related to:

  • Research that demonstrates a clear impact or potential impact on policy, practice, or health outcomes
  • Research that breaks ground in the way health services or policy research is conducted

CIHR - IPPH Trailblazer Award
Deadline: January 2
The CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research is a career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in the area of population and public health research. Applicants must have made substantial impacts on the field of population health and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally. The award also recognizes the leadership, mentorship, and innovative contributions of the recipients. Up to three awards with a value of $12,500 will be given for exceptional researchers at different career stages. Each application must be supported by a nomination.

CMC Microsystems – Douglas R. Colton Award for Research Excellence
Deadline: August 25
The Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence recognizes excellence in research leading to new understanding and novel developments in microsystems and related technologies, such as Photonics/Optoelectronics, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microelectronics, Microfluidics and Embedded Software, or the application of microsystems and related technologies in Canada. The annual award includes a medal and a monetary prize of $4,500.