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Call for Nominations

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2014

The NSERC Herzberg Medal will be awarded for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of a body of work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering.


Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Posthumous or self-nominations will not be accepted. Current NSERC Council members are not eligible for nomination.

The recipient must be a scientist or engineer from a Canadian university, government lab or private firm, whose research is primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering. NSERC reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees.

An individual may win the NSERC Herzberg Medal only once. An individual may be nominated for the NSERC Herzberg Medal 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 nominee's work must demonstrate a high degree of expertise, creativity, imagination, leadership, perseverance and dedication. The nominations will be reviewed on the basis of contributions to the areas of the natural sciences or engineering served by NSERC.

A selection committee of distinguished university, government and corporate research representatives, from a variety of disciplines, will review the nominations and recommend the award winner to the President of 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

Nominations must include:

  1. a brief one-paragraph description of the nominator's background;

  2. a letter or document of up to four pages that clearly describes:
    1. the nominee's achievements and how they relate to one or more of these categories:
      1. contributions to knowledge;
      2. the use of existing knowledge to develop novel solutions to practical problems;
      3. the successful promotion or management of research activities;
      4. leadership in the transfer of knowledge;
      5. the training of highly qualified personnel;
      6. other appropriate contributions;
    2. the significance, benefit or impact of the nominee's achievements on society and industry; and
    3. the role of the nominee in bringing about the achievements.

      The letter should clearly highlight the nominee’s most significant scientific and engineering contributions by referring to the list included with the curriculum vitae (CV) (see item 3);

  3. the nominee's up-to-date CV, which should include detailed information about the contributions and achievements described in the above categories (e.g., lists of works published and highly qualified personnel trained). The CV should contain relevant information over the entire career of the nominee;
  4. the names and addresses (mail and e-mail) of the six most important people in the nominee's field from whom NSERC may request objective assessments of the nominee's suitability for the award. 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. A brief one-paragraph description of each person's background and the rationale for the person's suitability as a referee must be supplied. Please note that NSERC reserves the right to select all or none of the suggested referees; and
  5. a Terms and Conditions of Applying Form signed by the nominee.

For nominations in engineering or the applied sciences, nominators should consult the NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences, and prepare the nominations accordingly.

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, preferably, include the names of some individuals not included in a previous nomination.

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 NSERC Herzberg Medal
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 1H5

By fax:  613-947-3847

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



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


Before nominators submit the nomination to NSERC, they must read and agree to the following terms and conditions.

By submitting the nomination, you are certifying that:

  • the information provided in the nomination and related documents is true, complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge;
  • those listed on the nomination have agreed to be included;
  • you are not currently ineligible to apply for and/or hold funds from NSERC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or any other research or research funding organization worldwide for reasons of breach of policies on responsible conduct of research, such as ethics, integrity or financial management policies;
  • if you are or have been (at any time during the past 12 months) a federal public servant, you have complied with and will continue to respect the This link will take you to another Web site Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector;
  • you understand the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act and the Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to NSERC as they pertain to the information contained in the nomination and related documents; and
  • you consent to the sharing among the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) and with any academic institution to which you are, or may become, affiliated, of any and all information, including personal information, in any way related to the nomination and to the grant/award.

Conditions and Reporting

The NSERC Herzberg Medal winner will be asked to confirm, by e-mail or letter, acceptance of the prize and to confirm the ability to use the full value of the accompanying research grant.

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


The name of the winner will be officially announced in 2015.

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