NSERC Donna Strickland Prize 2022

The NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research is awarded annually to an individual or team whose outstanding research, conducted in Canada in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE), has led to exceptional benefits for Canadian society, environment and/or economy. If your nomination is successful, you will receive a $250,000 research grant, paid in installments in April of each year. 


All researchers in the NSE, regardless of their career stage, can be nominated for this award for their research conducted in Canada. The outstanding research that led to the exceptional benefits described in the nomination must have been supported, at least partially, by NSERC. Self-nominations will not be accepted. In order to be nominated as an individual, you must hold an NSERC research grant.  

Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Exceptional benefits can be demonstrated in one or more interacting spheres of Canadian life. Examples can be found here.

NSERC strongly encourages nominators and university officials to consider equity, diversity, and inclusion in their nomination processes.

Nomination Process

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the prize, nominators should consult NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Interdisciplinary Research when preparing the nomination package. Nominators should also consult NSERC's Guidelines for the Preparation and Review of Applications in Engineering and the Applied Sciences.

The Nomination consists of:

  • a letter (max 4 pages) describing the research that has led to the exceptional benefits outlined in this nomination, a summary of the research impact, a description of the strategy for knowledge mobilization, a description of the significance of the benefits to Canadian society, and an explanation of the ways in which the benefits described are underpinned by the research;
  • a description of each nominee’s involvement in the research and/or knowledge mobilization (maximum 250 words per nominee);
  • a description of each nominator (maximum 150 words per nominator) including confirmation of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident of Canada status;
  • up to four documents, totaling no more than 10 pages, providing evidence of the knowledge mobilization efforts and societal impact;
  • the names, organizational affiliations and email addresses of six individuals who could be approached by NSERC to conduct an impartial review of the nomination;
  • a letter from the team (if a team nomination) identifying one member as the group spokesperson;
  • one-page demonstration of the nominee’s or team’s eligibility for this prize
  • terms and conditions form for nominees signed by each nominee, and a terms and conditions form for nominators signed by each nominator

Deadline and Submission

Nominations must be received by NSERC no later than April 1, 2022

Nominations must be submitted electronically via NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion (ICSP) Programs Secure Submissions Site


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall (julaine.hall@uwo.ca) at Research Development & Services regarding this award and the nomination process.

website: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Strickland-Strickland/About-Apropos_eng.asp