National Awards & Honours A-C

National Awards & Honours A-C
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ACTION Canada Fellowships
Deadline: February 8
ACTION CANADA is Canada’s premier leadership program. A non-partisan multi-sector fellowship, ACTION CANADA is building a valuable network of leaders. Centered around regional conferences and teamwork, Fellows examine historical and current issues, hone leadership skills, and present/publish a public policy report. At the completion of the fellowship year, they join ACTION CANADA’s network of outstanding leaders dedicated to the future of Canada.  Each year, ACTION CANADA selects up to 20 outstanding Canadians to join their 11-month leadership development and public policy program.

ACUNS – Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research
January 31
The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies is seeks nominees for the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, a new award which recognizes a significant contribution and broad impact of a career devoted to Northern research by an individual who has demonstrated leadership, inspiration, and mentorship in research in the Canadian north. The recipient will receive a $50,000 cash prize.  Nominations may be made by an individual or group of individuals.

Bank of Canada Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 14
The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to foster excellence in research and analysis, and to develop partnerships with experts outside the Bank of Canada in areas important to the Bank's mandate; i.e., macroeconomics, monetary economics, international finance, financial markets and institutions, financial stability and regulation, labour economics, and economic growth.

Bank of Canada Governor’s Award
November 14
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.  The award consists of a $25,000 stipend paid annually to the recipient and is for a two-year term subject to an annual confirmation process. Recipients of this award cannot apply for a second term.

Bloomberg-Manulife Research Prize
Deadline: September 30
The Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, valued at $50,000 CAD, is offered each year by McGill University to an academic whose research, taking place within the last five years, has had, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on the health and well-being of North Americans.

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.

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 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. 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.  Up to $95,000.

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 11
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 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: May 4
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.The award ceremony will be held at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Canadian Red Cross – Power of Humanity Award
May 29
The Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award is presented to two individuals (one adult, one youth age 29 and under) and one organization that has demonstrated this spirit of humanity in a local, national and/or international capacity in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promotion of mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples
  • Contributing to the alleviation of human suffering, protection of life, or the promotion of health
  • Education of the public on the meaning and importance of humanity and protection of human dignity Promotion of respect for the human being

Canadian Space Agency – John H. Chapman Award of Excellence
Deadline: October 1
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.

CIHR – Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery
Deadline: September 6
This inaugural prize will be awarded (every 2 years) to an individual or team whose research findings are unique, inspirational and break new ground, significantly influencing knowledge in their field.  The total amount available for this prize is $100,000, enough to fund one prize for one year.  The prize consists of a medal and a grant.

CIHR – Gold Leaf Prize for Impact
Deadline: September 6
This inaugural prize will be awarded (every 2 years) to an individual or team for health research with a proven impact on health outcomes, practices, policies, and/or on the health system.  The total amount available for this prize is $100,000, enough to fund one prize for one year.  The prize consists of a medal and a grant. 

CIHR – Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements (Early Career Investigator) 
Deadline: September 6
CIHR is committed to helping develop the next generation of great scientific minds. This inaugural prize will be awarded (every 2 years) 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: Patient Engagement 
September 6
This inaugural prize will be awarded (every 2 years) for transformative leadership in a given CIHR priority area. In 2016, the prize will be awarded for outstanding leadership in patient engagement.
CIHR believes strongly in the importance of making patient engagement part of the research process. This prize will be awarded to an individual or team that collaborates with patients, advances patient engagement as a priority and focuses on outcomes that are important to patients.

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 14
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.

CIHR – MPH Practicum Award
Deadline: March 15
Through the Dr. James Rossiter Master's of Public Health (MPH) Practicum Award Program, the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada will recognize excellence in the next generation of public health policy makers and practitioners. The Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Award Program is administered by CIHR and provides practicum awards based on recommendations made by Canadian institutions offering a MPH program. Please review the Guidelines for MPH Programs in Canada to ensure that you are eligible to apply to this program. 

CMC Microsystems – Douglas R. Colton Award for Research Excellence
Deadline: August 24
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. Previous winners include truly innovative researchers from across Canada.