Nomination deadline: March 1, 2016
The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award was created to recognize and support a university researcher or team of researchers whose work has led to a recent outstanding Canadian advance in a field of 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. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current NSERC Council members are not eligible for nomination.
Candidates can be at any stage in their career. At least one of the candidates must hold an NSERC research grant. Also, the research that led to the advance described in the nomination must have been supported by NSERC. NSERC reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominations and nominees.
In the case of a team nomination, members may be from academia, government or industry, and may be research associates, postdoctoral fellows or students. 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.
An individual or team may be nominated for the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award and other major NSERC prizes in the same year, but can receive only one such prize in a given year.
Nominations will be judged on the significance and impact of the advance. Note that the stature of the candidates is not an evaluation criterion for this prize.
A selection committee of distinguished university, government and corporate research representatives, from a variety of disciplines, will review the nominations and recommend the Polanyi Award winner to NSERC. Since the selection committee is multidisciplinary, the nomination material should be written for non-specialists.
The selection committee may recommend not to award the prize in a given year if there is no outstanding nomination.
The nomination package 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 nomination 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 also be updated to include new individuals.
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 grant is tenable only at, and with the consent of, the Canadian university named in the nomination material. A 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 Faculty regarding this matter.
The winning individual(s) will be asked to confirm, by email or letter, their acceptance of the award and their ability to use the full value of the accompanying research grant. Because the grant may be distributed in either one or several instalments, the winning individual(s) will be asked to submit a payment schedule.
At the end of the funding period, the winning individual(s) will be asked to report on the impact that the award and the accompanying research grant has had on their research activities.
The names of the winning researcher or team of researchers will be announced at a public ceremony in 2017.