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NSERC Prizes – Steacie

Call for nominations

Nomination deadline: June 7, 2019

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.

NSERC is acting on the evidence that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering communities and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities in our current strategic plan, NSERC 2020, and are highlighted in the strategic goal of “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base”.


Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years (i.e., January 1, 2007 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. Parental leave is not counted as part of the 12-year period; however, such periods must be identified by the nominee in the Delays in Research Activity section of their Personal Data Form (Form 100).

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. NSERC strongly encourages nominators and university officials to consider equity, diversity and inclusion in their nomination processes.

The start date of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship should be between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 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 industry research representatives, from a variety of disciplines, will review the nominations and recommend the successful candidates to NSERC. Members are selected according to NSERC’s Guidelines Governing Membership of Selection Committees. Since the selection committee is multidisciplinary, the nomination material should be written for non-specialists.

The nominations will be reviewed according to the following selection 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 their 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, taking into account the selection criteria with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, the field, society and, if applicable, industry;
  • explains how this award could help the nominee in their 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 nominee provides for the nominator(s) the following elements which must be included in the nomination package:

  • 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, organizations, departments, and email addresses of five to seven researchers who, in the opinion of the nominator(s), 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 (see This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Review Committee Members, External Reviewers, and Observers). NSERC strongly recommends that nominators suggest a cross-section of reviewers with expertise in the nominee’s area of research (i.e., international and Canadian reviewers, from early career to established researchers, including women and other under-represented groups, researchers at a variety of academic and non-academic institutions). External reviewers must not be contacted 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(s).

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 should submit a complete and updated nomination package. The list of suggested reviewers 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.