Research Western

NSERC - The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

The NSERC Herzberg Medalist will be selected from three finalists who will each receive an NSERC Award of Excellence. Two finalists who are not selected will receive $50 000 applicable to their university research or to the establishment of research scholarships, fellowships or chairs in Canadian universities. The medal will be awarded for both sustained excellence and the overall influence of a body of work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering. In addition to the medal, the winner is guaranteed $1 million to use for his or her own university-based research or to direct in some related way such as the establishment of research scholarships, fellowships or chairs in his or her name in Canadian universities. The monetary award will be distributed over a five-year period.

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

Science and Engineering


RD&S Internal: April 1

Sponsor: May 1

Application Method

The recipient may be a scientist or engineer from a Canadian university, government lab or private firm. Candidates must be nominated, and may be nominated by any Canadian citizen. Posthumous and Self nominations will not be accepted. Grant funds must contribute towards the direct costs of the research program or project for which the funds are awarded.

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)

The NSERC Herzberg Medal
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
Phone: 613-995-5829