National Awards & Honours H-O

National Awards & Honours H-O
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Health Research Foundation – Medal of Honour
June 9 
The Medal of Honour is awarded to remarkable individuals whose research and/or contribution to public policies supportive of research and development in Canada have achieved international recognition. All recipients have made a pivotal contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the health sciences and/or the improvement of therapeutics healthcare. The award recipient receives $20,000 to donate to the research-based, Canadian academic institution of their choice, and also receives a medal at the Health Research Foundation’s annual awards event.

Humboldt Foundation – Konrad Adenauer Award
Deadline: Nominations may be submitted online at any time
The Konrad Adenauer Research Award, established in 1989, is conferred annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It honors the entire academic record to date of an internationally renowned Canadian researcher. In addition, award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choice in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague. The prize is valued at € 60,000. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and aims to promote academic and cultural interchange between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada.

ImagineNATION Challenges
Deadline: Varies
The ImagineNation Challenges seek to inspire, provoke, and promote innovation in health and health care and foster a community of innovators in Canada.  While each ImagineNation Challenge is different, they all share the same ultimate goal: to improve the quality of care and the patient experience.  Launched in 2011, the ImagineNation Challenges have ranged from generating ideas to supporting adoption and use to measuring the impact of digital health in Canada.

IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards
October 4
The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management.

IPAC – Vanier Medal
March 31
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada awards annually the Vanier Medal as a mark of distinction and exceptional achievement to a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration and public service in Canada. A five member, independent panel of judges, appointed by the IPAC Board reviews all nominations and makes the final determination of the medal recipient. 

Manning Innovation Awards
Deadline: January 15
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. These innovators are leaders and visionaries who are positively impacting the Canadian economy while improving the human experience in its various dimensions around the world.

By means of a nomination, Canadians who have demonstrated recent innovative talent in developing and successfully marketing a new concept, process or procedure, may be eligible for one of these awards:

  • Principal Award ($100,000)
  • David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction ($25,000)
  • Innovation Awards (2 at $10,000)

Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health
Deadline: January 26
The Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health is an annual academic prize, valued at $50,000.  The prize recognizes a Canadian academic whose research has contributed to understanding how factors such as physical activity, nutrition, fitness, or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being, and whose work could have a positive impact on our health-related behaviours and lifestyle choices.

March of Dimes – Jonas Salk Award
Deadline: March 1
The Jonas Salk Award is presented annually to a Canadian scientist, physician or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate or eliminate a physical disability.  The lifetime achievement award is jointly presented by Sanofi Pasteur (formerly known as Connaught Laboratories) and March of Dimes.  It also includes a personal financial tribute of $10,000 in recognition of the recipient's achievement.

The Margolese National Brain & Heart Disorders Prizes
Deadline: April 15
The two prizes, the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize and the Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize, will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain and heart disorders. The Prizes are awarded with the expectation that the recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.  Each prize is valued at $50,000.  

Medical Council of Canada - Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence
Deadline: May 1
This prestigious award, presented annually, recognizes an individual or group who demonstrate sustained excellence in Canadian health care and/or health-care research. The award is unique in that its nominees and recipients come from a broad range of health disciplines, such as dentistry, physical therapy and medical practice.

National Academy of Medicine
Deadline: February 1
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM elects no more than 70 regular members and 10 international members annually.  For those at the top of their field, NAM membership reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.

NSERC - Awards for Science Promotion
September 1
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. Individual recipients will receive a $10,000 award and group recipients a $25,000 award. In both cases, the funds are to support further science promotion activities.

NSERC - Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
 March 1
The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research 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. The prize is accompanied by a team research grant of up to $250,000, which may be used to support the direct costs of university-based research and/or the enhancement of research facilities.

NSERC - E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
June 7
Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. Each Fellow receives a research grant of $250,000. The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of up to $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. As part of the Fellowship agreement, the university is expected to fund a replacement for the fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities.

NSERC - Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
March 1
The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering.  In addition to the medal, the winner is awarded a grant of up to $1 million to use for personal university-based research or to direct in some related way, such as the establishment of research chairs in his or her name at Canadian universities.

NSERC - John C. Polanyi Award
March 1
The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award is given to an individual or team whose research, conducted in Canada, has led to a recent outstanding advance in any NSERC-supported field of the natural sciences or engineering. The research leading to the advance must have been funded at least partially by an NSERC grant. The award is open to all researchers, regardless of their career stage. As part of the award, the winning individual or team will receive a research grant of $250,000.

NSERC – Synergy Awards
April 16
The Synergy Awards recognize partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development between universities and industry.  By working together, award-winning companies and universities have proven that effective partnerships are the foundation of achievement. The universities each receive a $200,000 NSERC research grant. Industrial partners will each receive a $30,000 voucher valid towards the cash portion of their required contribution in a new Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD).

Order of Canada
The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.