Nomination deadline: March 1, 2016
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.
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 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.
Nominations must include:
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 adhere to the General Presentation Guidelines. Documents that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or at a disadvantage in comparison with those that meet the presentation standards. 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 must 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.
Before you, as a nominee, can submit your documents to the nominator, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records.
Before you, as a nominator, can submit your documents to NSERC, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed terms and conditions for your records.
The NSERC Herzberg Medal winner will be asked to confirm, by email or letter, their acceptance of the prize and their 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 at a public ceremony in 2017.