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Call for Nominations

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2015

NSERC is seeking nominations of research teams for the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. This prize recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of outstanding international significance in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years.

Eligibility

Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Self-nominations will not be accepted. 

Research teams nominated for the Brockhouse Canada Prize must have at least two members who are independent researchers, one of whom must hold an NSERC research grant. The team can be part of an international effort, but the majority of the nominated team members must be employed at a Canadian university or public or private organization. NSERC recognizes that teams may change between the time of the specific research achievements and the time of nomination. Nominations will be accepted when changes have occurred, but only where the core of the team remains intact. Contributions must be primarily in the natural sciences and engineering, and of an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature. NSERC reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominations.

A team may be nominated for the NSERC Brockhouse Prize and other major NSERC prizes in the same year, but can receive only one such prize in a given year.

Selection Criteria and Evaluation

The nominations will be reviewed on the basis of contributions to the areas of the natural sciences or engineering supported by NSERC, according to the following selection criteria:

  • significance, novelty and impact of the achievements;
  • excellence of the interdisciplinary team, including the complementarities of the members' expertise; and
  • quality of the contribution to the training of highly qualified personnel in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting.

A selection committee of distinguished representatives from the university, government, and corporate research communities will review the nominations and recommend the Brockhouse Canada Prize winner to NSERC. Since the selection committee is multidisciplinary, the nomination material should be written for non-specialists.

The committee may recommend not to award the prize in a given year if there is no outstanding nomination.

Nomination Process

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the prize, nominators should consult NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Interdisciplinary Research when preparing the nomination package. Nominators should also consult NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences.

The nomination package must include:

  1. a letter (four pages maximum) that clearly describes:
    1. the team’s achievements in one or more of the following categories:
      1. contributions to knowledge;
      2. the use of existing knowledge to develop novel solutions to practical problems;
      3. leadership in the transfer of knowledge; and
      4. other appropriate contributions.

        Note: The achievements must have been made jointly by the members of the nominated team and not realized before joining the team, or as individual researchers separate from the team's activities.

    2. the significance, novelty and impact of the team's achievements over the last six years for which the nomination is being put forward.
    3. the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the team and its achievements, including the complementarities of expertise between members of the group. The interdisciplinary nature of the team must be clearly defined, particularly in cases where it may not be immediately obvious. If the interdisciplinary nature of a team is not evident, the nomination may be ruled ineligible.
    4. the quality, extent and importance of the team's contribution to the training of highly qualified personnel in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting. The description of the team's contribution to the training of highly qualified personnel must also describe the co-supervision provided by the various members of the team. 
  2. a description of the team's five most important joint contributions over the last six years, together with relevant bibliographic information, including URLs (maximum one page);
  3. a description of the team's plans for future research that will build on its previous successes (maximum one page);
  4. an up-to-date NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100) or NSERC Common CV, for NSERC-eligible researchers and, if applicable, an up-to-date CV (up to 10 pages) for non-NSERC-eligible researchers;
  5. the names and addresses (mail and email) of six Canadian and/or international researchers who, in the opinion of the nominators, could be approached by NSERC to conduct an impartial review of the nomination. The majority of these proposed referees should be from outside Canada, and none should be in conflict of interest (see This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations). Applicants must not contact suggested external reviewers in advance. Please note that NSERC reserves the right to select all or none of the suggested referees;
  6. a brief one-paragraph description of the nominator's background;
  7. a brief letter from the team identifying one of the members as the spokesperson of the group. This spokesperson must be eligible to hold an NSERC grant and will be the contact person for NSERC on any matter related to the outcome of the competition; and
  8. a Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees signed by each nominee; and
  9. a Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators signed by each nominator.

The nominators are responsible for assembling the required documentation, which must follow NSERC’s General Presentation format. Only the documents requested by NSERC will be made available to the selection committee.  

For re-nominations, nominators are asked to submit a complete and updated nomination package. The list of suggested referees should also be updated to include new individuals.

Nominations may be submitted:

Electronically: via Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs. Documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document.

By mail:      

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
NSERC
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

By fax: 613-947-3847

Note: Original signatures are required on documents, but they can still be submitted electronically or by fax.

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Nominees

Before nominees submit their documents to the nominator, they must read and agree to the terms and conditions listed on the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees.

Nominators

Before submitting nominations to NSERC, nominators must read and agree to the terms and conditions listed on the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators.

Conditions and Reporting

The winning team must designate one of its members to be responsible for the administration of the award. This member must be eligible to hold an NSERC grant. Refer to NSERC's Eligibility Criteria for this matter.

The winning team will be asked to confirm, by email or letter, its acceptance of the award and to confirm the ability to use the full value of the accompanying research grant. Because the grant may be distributed in either one payment or several instalments, the winning team will also be asked to submit a payment schedule.

At the end of the funding period, the team will be asked to report on the impact that the award and the accompanying research grant has had on their research activities.

Announcement

The names of the award recipients will be announced in 2016.

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