NSERC John C. Polanyi Award– Call for Nominations




NSERC John C. Polanyi Award

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Program Information


The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award was created to recognize and support a university researcher or team of researchers whose work has led to a recent outstanding Canadian advance in the field of natural sciences or engineering.


Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  Self-nominations will not be accepted.  At least one of the candidates must hold an NSERC research grant. Also the research that led to the advance described in the nomination must have been supported by NSERC. In the case of a team nomination, members may be from academia, government or industry, and may be research associates, postdoctoral fellows or students. An individual or team may be nominated for the John C. Polanyi Award and other major NSERC prizes in the same year, but can receive only one such prize in a given year.

Funding Availability

As part of the award, the winning individual or team will receive a research grant of up to $250,000. Research grant funds paid to the winner of this prize are subject to the Tri Agency Financial Administration Guide.


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

External Deadline

Nominators submit electronically via the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs directly to NSERC. Nominations must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document.  

How to Apply

See Nomination Process for a complete list of items to include in the nomination package.

For Questions, please contact

The John C. Polanyi Award
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-943-7653
Fax: 613-947-3847
E-mail: polanyi@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

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Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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