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Partners in Research – National Awards
Deadline: January 15
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. Every year awards are available to outstanding candidates who mobilize groundbreaking findings through educational outreach and conduct exemplary and innovative research.  Note: only one nomination from any given institution and/or affiliated hospital will be accepted. 

  • Biomedical Science Ambassador Award
  • Science Ambassador Award
  • Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award
  • Dr. Johnathan Borwein Mathematics Ambassador Award
  • Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award
  • Young Ambassador Award

Prix Galien Canada - Research Award 
Deadline: June 30
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. Award recipients receive a gold medal and framed certificate.

Public Policy Forum – Testimonial Dinner & Award
Deadline: November 28
Each year at the Public Policy Forum's Testimonial Dinner in Toronto, more than a thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and good governance. Over 110 outstanding Canadian men and women have been honoured.

Public Policy Forum - Western Dinner - Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy
Deadline: Ongoing (with annual selection at the end of August)
The Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy are presented at the Forum's new Western Dinner, which will be convened at different cities annually in the West. This award is presented to Western Canadians who have contributed significantly to public policy on a regional basis with national impact.

Research Canada – Leadership Award (Health Sciences)
Deadline: June 8
The Research Canada Leadership Award has been created to honour champions in health research advocacy. On an annual basis, Research Canada will recognize an individual or organization who/which has made outstanding efforts in advocating for Canadian health research at the local, provincial and/or national level. Awards will be announced at the Prix Galien and HRF Medal of Honour Award Ceremony in November of each year.

Royal Society of Canada
Deadline: December 1
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences.  The RSC consists of over 2000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field. The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. 

Royal Society of Canada – Awards (various)
Deadline: March 1
The RSC offers a portfolio of more than 20 prestigious medals and awards.  The diversity of the awards portfolio mirrors the diversity of the Canadian scholarly community.  It includes awards as disciplinary disparate as an Award in Gender Studies, the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry, and the Pierre Chauveau Medal in the Humanities.  Note: the deadline for the A.G. Huntsman Award is April 15.

Royal Society of Canada – College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
March 8
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. The Members of the College are Canadians and Permanent Residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. Candidates must be no more than 15 years from the conferral of the PhD or equivalent qualification. The criteria for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years. Up to 80 Members may be elected each year.

Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research
Deadline: July 15
This annual national Prize provides funding to outstanding early-career researchers (normally should not be older than 45 years of age) who are affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests. It recognizes those with a demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated. The prize is valued at $100,000.

SSHRC Impact Awards
Deadline: March 6
SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their research achievements, research training, knowledge mobilization, and outreach activities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC.

  • Gold Medal: The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour, and is valued at $100,000. It is awarded to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.
  • Talent Award: The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship award holder, and is valued at $50,000. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.
  • Insight Award: The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC, and is valued at $50,000. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.
  • Connection Award: The Connection Award (valued at $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.
  • Partnership Award:  The Partnership Award (valued at $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.

Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences (non-NSERC)
Deadline: June 30
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.

Trudeau Foundation Fellowships
Deadline: December 4
Every year the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation selects up-to five Fellows who have set themselves apart through their research achievements, creativity and social commitment. The Foundation fellows are active in a field of the humanities and social science that touches on one or more of the Foundation's four themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada in the World; and People and their Natural Environment. The fellowship is valued at $225,000 over 3 years.

Trudeau Foundation Mentorship Program
Deadline: September 15
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation mentorship program connects highly accomplished and engaged Canadians from the public, private, cultural and not-for-profit sectors with Trudeau scholars, allowing them to guide the next generation of leaders in the social sciences and humanities. Mentors also provide a crucial bridge between the research world and the public sphere, a service which greatly strengthens the Foundation’s community of researchers and the Foundation itself. Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appoints up to ten mentors who are paired with one or two Trudeau scholars for a period of three years, during which mentors also enrich the Foundation's mission. The opening of the competition for the mentorship program will not follow the usual agenda and will undergo substantial change.

Trudeau Foundation Visiting Fellowships (National)
Deadline: December 4
The Trudeau Foundation can award one fellowship per year to a visiting fellow. The regular Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship’s criteria of excellence and engagement also apply to the visiting fellowship. However, the visiting fellow’s affiliation to the host institution is different: the selected candidate is invited to take part in the host university’s activities for a residency period of approximately one year in the course of the three-year fellowship tenure.

UBC – Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research
Deadline: April 15
The Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research of $50,000 will be awarded annually to a Canadian will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or development of therapies for cancer. Among the criteria that will be considered is a distinguished record of translating scientific discoveries into clinical applications, forging partnerships with scientists and others to foster cancer research or to implement discoveries, and cultivating future leaders in the field. The prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient will continue to make outstanding contributions in the future, since this is not a lifetime achievement award.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) - Lewis Perinbam Award in Internal Development
Deadline: October 15
The honourary award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that:

  • improve people’s lives in the developing world;
  • engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action; and
  • offer new ways of thinking about and/or addressing development challenges.

The award commends individuals who make a noteworthy volunteer contribution to international development, rather than paid professionals in this arena. However, paid professionals who make a significant voluntary effort are also eligible for the Lewis Perinbam Award.

WXN's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
May 15
This award celebrates and honour women who are proven achievers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  The awards are divided into nine different categories: BMO Arts & Communications; RBC Champions; Accenture Corporate Directors; Corporate Executives; Entrepreneurs; TELUS Future Leaders; KPMG Professionals; PwC Public Sector Leaders; CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters.