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NSERC John C. Polanyi Award - 2018

The NSERC John C. Polanyi Award honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research, conducted in Canada, has led to a recent outstanding advance of high significance and impact in the natural sciences or engineering. The research leading to the advance must have been funded at least partially by an NSERC grant. As part of the award, the winning individual or team will receive a research grant of up to $250,000. Note that the stature of the candidate(s) is not an evaluation criterion for this prize.

The award was established in tribute to the excellence in research that John C. Polanyi continues to exemplify. Dr. Polanyi won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. NSERC is proud to offer a prestigious research prize in his name.


Nomination Process

Nominators should consult NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences.

The nomination consists of:

*Please note:  NSERC is in the process of integrating equity, diversity and inclusion considerations into its evaluation criteria. Nominees and Nominators should refer to the Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information.

Deadline and Submission

Nominations must be received by NSERC by March 1, 2018

Nominations are submitted using the online using the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs.


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding this award and the nomination process.