University Research Excellence Awards


University of Guelph


Research Excellence Awards highlight research achievements of recently tenured faculty members, to raise the profile of individuals who would be considered for future external recognition.. 


To be eligible, a faculty member should be within 2 years of having been awarded tenure at the time of application (i.e. April 30).


Each college will receive one Research Excellence Award per year (from date of Notice of Decision), for a total of 7 awarded across the university.

Recipients of Research Excellence Awards hold the award for one year. During that year, each Research Excellence Award recipient will receive a $5,000 research prize, deposited in the awardee's general purpose research account. Colleges may wish to augment this award (e.g., with additional research funds or course release). One of the seven Research Excellence Awardees will receive special recognition, and receive an additional $5,000 research prize, deposited in the awardee's general purpose research account, for a total of $10,000.

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Research Excellence Gala.

Special Notes

Conditions: Each recipient will participate in one video and one event organized by the Office of Research Communications. 


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

Internal Deadline

College deadline to submit single nomination to The nomination package will comprise:

  • a covering letter from the College Dean in support of the nomination;

  • the nomination case letter from the department chair / school director which may include a rationale explaining why the nominee warrants the special recognition award of $5000.00;

  • the nominee’s CV.

How to Apply

Nominations for University Research Awards are submitted by colleges.  It is expected that colleges give special attention and consideration to Tri-Agency equity, diversity, and inclusion guidelines, and be prepared to indicate what plans were put in place to ensure that these guidelines have been observed. 


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