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Prizes

NSERC celebrates exceptional examples of research excellence with a wide range of prizes. Individual awards focus on accomplishments that range from innovative discoveries by young researchers to lifetime achievement and influence.
NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes
The NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prizes are awarded to the most outstanding candidates in NSERC's master's and doctoral scholarship competitions. Valued at $10,000, the prizes were established by Arthur McDonald, winner of the 2003 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, in memory of a very promising young scientist who passed away in 2003.
The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering
The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering 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.
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships
Up to six Steacie Fellowships are awarded annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities.
Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
The NSERC Herzberg Medal is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering.
NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research
The NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research is awarded to an outstanding recipient of an NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship who best exemplifies interdisciplinary research. Preference is given to a recipient who plans to pursue doctoral studies at a different university from the one that granted their most recent degree. The award is valued at $10,000 and was established in 2012 by Gilles Brassard, winner of the 2009 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.
NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize
The NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize is awarded to the most outstanding candidate in NSERC's postdoctoral fellowship competition. Valued at $20,000, the prize recognizes academic excellence, existing and potential research contributions, interpersonal and communication skills, and leadership abilities. It was established by Howard Alper, recipient of the 2000 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.
Innovation Challenge Awards
The NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards were established in 2004 as a way to encourage students pursuing graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering to develop their entrepreneurial spirit. Over the years, the awards have successfully helped student entrepreneurs on the road to achieving their goals: around twenty start-up companies have been established; and more than 80 percent of those who received the award said it had a positive influence on their career. As there are now many award options available to budding entrepreneurs, the NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards are no longer available since February 2013.
NSERC John C. Polanyi Award
The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering.
The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion
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.
Synergy Awards for Innovation
The annual Synergy Awards for Innovation recognize examples of collaboration that stand as a model of effective partnership between industry and colleges or universities.
People Discovery Innovation