Institute for Research on Public Policy
For 50 years, IRPP has been amplifying the work of Canadian researchers and scholars, helping to connect their insights with decision-makers. These research partners have contributed to the public conversation and moved the needle on key public policy challenges.
To mark its 50th anniversary, IRPP is launching a contest to recognize the work of individuals who have done an exceptional job increasing the public’s understanding of a key public policy issue:
- One award will be given to a Canadian researcher or scholar at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- One award will be given to a graduate student (this is for an op ed writing prize - if you are have a student you would like to encourage to enter, please see the IRPP Knowledge Mobilizer Awards website for more details).
Self-nominations and nominations of colleagues of accepted.
- Knowledge translation: The scholar has shared complex information in a manner that is easy to understand by the general public, and has taken steps to share their research outside the academic community. Their analysis of the public policy topic is grounded in methodologically sound, evidence-based research.
- Policy topic: The topic and research are timely and placed in the context of current or emerging public policy conversations in Canada. Judges will consider the complexity and breadth of the policy area.
- Impact: The entrant has demonstrated that they have made an impact in a particular area of public policy and/or that they have contributed to a richer understanding of the issue by the public and by decision makers. Judges will take into account whether the entrant has worked in a collaborative manner within the policy community.
Eligibility for Canadian scholars
- Entrants must be a researcher or scholar employed by a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- Entrants must hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status.
- Entrants must not be a close relative of an employee, board member or regular freelancer for the IRPP, Policy Options or the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation.
- Individuals may nominate others who fulfill the eligibility criteria. In such cases, the award application package should also include the documentation described below (cover letter written by the nominator, and two supporting letters). Nominated individuals will be informed of their inclusion in the contest by the IRPP when judging commences in October.
$1500 and travel and hotel costs covered to attend the gala in November.
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.
How to Apply
The application package consists of a cover letter (written by the applicant or nominator) and two letters of support. Please submit these documents through the IRPP website by the deadline. Also submit the full application and an OR-5 to email@example.com.
For More Information
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.