Jonas Salk Award

The Jonas Salk Award, consisting of an unrestricted $10,000 prize, is presented annually to a Canadian scientist, physician, or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate or eliminate a physical disability. 

Areas of acceptable research include, but are not limited to: ALS, stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's, studies in aging, neuroscience, rehabilitation medicine.


Nominators may be anyone who knows the nominee and his/her work well enough to write a competitive nomination letter.

Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents whose research has resulted in significant advancement in scientific knowledge, prevention, treatment, or cure of a physically disabling condition, and whose findings have been published in refereed journals.

Nomination Process

  1. Complete the online nomination form which includes a description (one page) of the nominee’s contribution to the prevention, treatment, or cure of a physically disabling condition.
  2. Submit the completed form to to receive instructions for submitting the remaining required documents electronically. These will include:
    • Current CV
    • Copies of relevant publications or other evidence
    • Three letters of reference


The final nomination deadline is November 15. 2016


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