CIHR Health Researcher of the Year

The CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Prize (formerly called the Michael Smith Prize in Health Research) is CIHR's most prestigious prize. This career achievement award honours and recognizes an exceptional health researcher in any area of health research who has demonstrated significant achievements in advancing knowledge through excellence in research, in capacity building and mentorship and through research and knowledge translation activities that have made a significant impact on improving health and/or the health system.

The Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated by a member of the Canadian health research community and endorsed by the executicve head of the institution.

Nominees must:

  1. have at least 10 years of experience as an independent investigator;

  2. have held a full-time position within a Canadian academic, hospital, not-for-profit or governmental institution, or affiliated research institution for at least five continuous years.

A full nomination package will consist of:

  • letter of nomination (max 4 pages)
  • letter of endorsement from the university president
  • three additional letters of support (one must be from an international expert)
  • Common CV
  • CIHR consent forms
  • the names and contact information of 6 individuals whom CIHR might contact for an assessment of the nominee's suitability of the prize


The nomination submission deadline is Sunday, March 3, 2015. As candidates must be endorsed by the executive head of their institution, nominators must forward nomination packages to Research Development & Services for review and endorsement by Monday, February 9, 2015.


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

More information and website details will be available in January, 2015