Research Western

Canadian Institutions of Health Research – Michael Smith Prize in Health Research

The CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research consists of a medal and a research grant of $100,000 per year for five years. Awarded annually to two outstanding Canadian researchers who have demonstrated a high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research, the Prizes provide world-class researchers with funding to pursue critical research and to support and mentor trainees.

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

Health and Medicine, Biomedical Research (multidiscipline)


December 15 (Dean’s Internal Review Deadline)

January 15 – to CIHR

Application Method

Candidates must have at least 10 years of experience as an independent investigator and hold a position within a Canadian academic, hospital, not-for profit or governmental institution or affiliated research institution. They must have worked in Canada for at least the five continuous years before the nomination deadline.

Each candidate must be nominated by a member of the Canadian health research community and the nomination must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's institution.

The grant amount is also intended to offset the direct costs of the winner’s research program.

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Nominated applications to this award will be internally supported and reviewed through a subcommittee of the University Research Board. Applications should be vetted through your Faculty Dean's Office.

Nominations and Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. Requests for Institutional signatures should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline.

Western Contact(s)

Research Office

Sponsor Contact(s)

Nancy Mason MacLellan
Deputy Director, Program Delivery
Research Capacity Development
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 613-941-3579
Fax: 613-954-1800

Click here for a brief overview of this award, including nomination/application details and instructions. Western username and password required.

Click here for a more in-depth summary of this award. Western username and password required.