University Research Excellence Awards - 2023


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 two years of having been awarded tenure at the time of application. The date of tenure is the date on the promotion letter from the President. If the date of the letter is January 2023, the applicant is eligible in April 2023 and April 2024.


Each college will receive one Research Excellence Award per year (from date of Notice of Decision), for a total of seven 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).

Special Notes




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 and detailing the selection process;
  • the nomination letter from the department chair / school director; and
  • the nominee’s CV.

For More Information

See the University Research Excellence Award webpage or contact for more information.

Alert Classifications
Honours and Awards

Health and Life Sciences
Information and Communications Technology
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Social Sciences