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About the Award

Recognizing Those Who Shape Our Future

NSERC’s E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships honour the memory of Dr. Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada during, and immediately following, World War II.

Dr. Steacie believed that young researchers are a great national asset and should be given every opportunity to develop their own ideas. He nurtured Canadian talent and drew many promising scientists to our country through his philosophy that:

  • fundamental research is essential to the development of science;
  • the individual is key to research, and individual ideas are ultimately responsible for important advances in science;
  • there are no national boundaries in science; and
  • complete freedom is required for creative work.

And through the Steacie Fellowships, his ideas live on. The Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.

The Prize

Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. The Fellowships are held at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution.

Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 and will be eligible to submit an application to the Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program for equipment funding related to their research funded by the Steacie Fellowship.

The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. As part of the Fellowship agreement, the university is expected to fund a replacement for the fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities or to enhance the research environment of the fellow's department. Should the recipient of the Fellowship already hold another federal award that has a salary component, such as a Canada Research Chair or an Industrial Research Chair, NSERC will reduce the contribution to the university to $30,000 per year.

Another distinct but similar prize of the same name is administered by the This link will take you to another Web site E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in Canada.

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