FCIHR Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research 2021


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Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research


The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research is awarded to an individual of international stature who best exemplifies Dr. Henry Friesen’s prescience, organizational creativity and broad impact on health research and health research policy. Nominees shall be individuals whose work in health-related fields has gained international recognition and are skilled in explaining to peers and the public the significance, challenges and opportunities in health research. 

The prize comes with a $35,000 cash award and supports an annual Public Lecture at a major Canadian academic institution and additional visits throughout the year to sponsoring universities and research institutes. In collaboration with CBC Radio One “Ideas”, a recorded interview is broadcast nationally to reach the broadest possible audience. A manuscript is also published in the “Friesen Prize Lecture” series. Please see the Call for Nominations website for more information on the terms for acceptance of this prize. 


$35,000 CDN cash award. In accepting the prize, the Honouree agrees to fulfill a number of obligations, including a one-hour public lecture to be broadcast on CBC's Ideas. Please see the Call for Nominations website for more information on these obligations. 

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

The primary nominator should submit the nomination package by the deadline. The nominee should submit a complete nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca  and research.honours@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline.

How to Apply

There are two nominators for this award - a primary nominator and secondary nominator - and both must be members of either FCIHR or the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The application includes: 

  • Letters of endorsement from the primary and secondary nominators;
  • a CV, including a list of publications; and 
  • any other printed or electronic materials that speak directly to the nomination. 

For more information, visit the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research website or email research.honours@uoguelph.ca

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