University Research Excellence Awards - 2021


University of Guelph


The University of Guelph Research Excellence Awards highlight research achievements of recently tenured faculty members. 

Research excellence is recognized as scholarly output that has demonstrably internationally impact within the nominee’s discipline. This will include published works, but may also comprise other forms of scholarly output, research-related knowledge mobilization, research-derived innovation, and training of highly qualified personnel. The candidate should be on track to gain, or have already received, national and/or international recognition. 


To be eligible, a faculty member should be within 2 years of having been awarded tenure at the time of application.


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 Research Excellence Recognition Event.

Special Notes

Each recipient may be asked to participate in a video organized by the Office of Research Communications. 

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.

Internal Deadline

How to Apply

Colleges are asked to submit a single nomination to   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.

The nomination package will comprise:

  • a covering letter from the College Dean in support of the nomination;
  • the nomination letter from the department chair / school director which may include a rationale explaining why the nominee warrants the special recognition award (additional $5,000.00); and
  • the nominee’s CV.
Alert Classifications
Honours and Awards

Health and Life Sciences
Information and Communications Technology
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Social Sciences