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STEAM Horizon Award

Value $25,000 for one year, non-renewable
Number of Awards Up to 7
Application Deadline

January 9, 2017

How to Apply See below
Application Forms
For More Information See below


The objective of the STEAM Horizon Award is to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics (STEAM) to the next generation of scientists and engineers. The award will be given to individuals who clearly demonstrate inspiring achievement in these fields by applying their passion to have an impact on their community. Winners can approach their passion for technology and science from any angle, whether from an art and design perspective, research project, public outreach, or development of a new idea or product. Winners of the STEAM Horizon Award will show strong potential to become ambassadors for STEAM fields for younger generations.

Founding partners for the award include: Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation, CBC, Facebook, Indspire, NSERC, Shopify, Vintage Wings of Canada and VLN Advanced Technologies Inc.


To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be 16 to 18 years of age at time of application;
  • have been recognized for accomplishments in a formal capacity (e.g. selected as a winner or participant of a science fair, patent application, conference presentation) or less formal capacity (e.g. founding a coding club, developing a course for kids, creating an interactive art installation);
  • have obtained, over the previous year of study, an academic average of 85% or higher;
  • be preparing to enroll or currently enrolled in the first year of post-secondary education (university or college) in a STEAM field in Canada.

Value of award

These awards have a value of $25,000 for one year and are not renewable.

How do you apply?

To be considered for this award, you must submit the following documents by 8:00 PM (ET) on the deadline date:

  • application form
  • letters of support (2)
  • transcripts
  • Terms and Conditions of Applying Form
  • video clip (illustrates achievements and outreach capabilities, demonstrates oral communication skills [2 mins max])

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s STEAM Horizon Award. Documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Review procedures and selection criteria

An NSERC committee will review the applications and make recommendations to a selection board based on the following selection criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • communication skills
  • passion for solving real world problems
  • potential to become ambassadors to younger generations for STEAM fields

Notification of decision

NSERC will inform applicants of its award decisions in March after it has completed its selection process. Winners will be invited to Ottawa during Science Odyssey week in May, where they will be recognized for their achievements and potential during the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s annual banquet.

For more information, contact:

Scholarships and Fellowships Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

Tel.: 613-995-5521
Fax: 613-996-2589

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