University Research Excellence Awards

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 have been awarded tenure within the last two Tenure and Promotion cycles.


Research Excellence Awards recognize research achievements of recently tenured faculty members. Research excellence is recognised as scholarly output that is demonstrably internationally impactful 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. 


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).

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Research Excellence Gala.


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

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. 

Colleges can submit nomination packages to  A 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
  • the nominee’s CV


The deadline is April 30th of every year.

Review and Selection Process

The Provost and VPR will review the nominations for approval.