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NSERC Prizes – Steacie

Call for Nominations

Nomination deadline: June 7, 2017

The nomination must be received at NSERC by 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the deadline. A late nomination will not be accepted. Updates to a submitted nomination before or after the deadline will not be accepted.


Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., 2005 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. Parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing is not counted as part of the 12-year period; however, such periods must be identified in the letter from the nominator.

Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and be senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominations must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's university.

The research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering. NSERC reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees.

University officials must screen the nominations and forward up to six nominations that are demonstrably outstanding.

The start date of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship should be between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019; and the award is normally paid in two instalments of $125,000 per year.

Individuals who are awarded a Discovery Accelerator Supplement and an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship will be entitled to receive both awards, but not concurrently. Contact NSERC program staff for more information.

Selection Criteria and Evaluation

A selection committee of distinguished university, government and corporate research representatives, from a variety of disciplines, will review the nominations and recommend the successful candidates to NSERC. Since the selection committee is multidisciplinary, the nomination material should be written for non-specialists.

The nominations will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • candidate's stature in the scientific or engineering community—both national and international;
  • importance and scope of the candidate's research and its impact on the field, society and, if applicable, on industry;
  • candidate's specific accomplishments within his or her field;
  • candidate's overall suitability for the award.

Nomination Process

The nomination process involves three people:

  1. the nominator(s);
  2. the executive head of the university;
  3. the nominee.

1. The nominator(s) write(s) a letter that:

  • explains why the nominee deserves consideration for the Fellowship, with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, the field, society and, if applicable, industry;
  • explains how this award could help the nominee in his or her career development;
  • includes the nominator's contact information.

2. The executive head of the university provides a letter of support endorsing the nomination.

The letter of support should list the current teaching and administrative responsibilities of the nominee, and indicate how the university will fully relieve the nominee of these responsibilities during the tenure of the award.

3. The nomination package must include:

  • a completed NSERC Personal Data Form (Form 100). When completing this form:
    • contributions do not need to be limited to those in the last six years;
    • there is no page limit;
  • page one of an Application for a Grant (Form 101). Note: Only the top part, including the Certification/Requirements box, needs to be completed. No signatures are required on this form;
  • a completed Environmental Information Form (Appendix A), if required;
  • a two-page summary of the research that would be pursued during tenure of the Fellowship;
  • copies of the nominee’s three most significant research contributions;
  • the names and addresses (mail and email) of five to seven Canadian and/or international researchers who, in the opinion of the nominators, could be approached by NSERC to conduct an impartial review of the nomination. External reviewers should not be members of the nominee’s university, former professors or supervisors, or present or former collaborators or colleagues. Applicants must not contact suggested external reviewers in advance. Note that NSERC reserves the right to select all or none of the suggested reviewers;
  • a Terms and Conditions Form for Nominees signed by the nominee;
  • a Terms and Conditions Form for Nominators signed by the nominator.

Additional letters of support will not be included in the review process.

For nominations in engineering or the applied sciences, nominators should consult the NSERC 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 as a single document in Portable Document Format (PDF).



Before you, as a nominee, can submit your documents to the nominator, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions listed on 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 listed on 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 names of the recipients will be announced at a public ceremony within the next year. Awardees will be expected, during the first year of the award, to organize a public presentation describing the research for which they received the award.