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NSERC - Awards for Science Promotion

The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour people and groups that are inspirational in the way they promote science to the general public.

The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion are an opportunity for Canada's science community to recognize, support and encourage outstanding science promoters.

NSERC invites all Canadians with an interest in science, including teachers and university researchers, to contribute to the success of this annual effort by nominating the people who are making others aware of what science means to all of us.

Rewarding outstanding science promotion

The achievements of individual and group recipients of the NSERC Awards for Science Promotion will be celebrated at a public ceremony. The individual recipient will receive an award of $10,000. The winning group will be awarded $25,000 to further science promotion activities.

Sponsor Guidelines

Subject Areas

Science Promotion Activities


September 1

Application Method

Anyone with direct knowledge of an individual’s or group's contribution to science and engineering promotion may nominate that candidate for an NSERC Award for Science Promotion. Nominators may be colleagues or people who have benefited from the nominee’s contributions, such as teachers, parents, community members or administrators. Individuals and groups can even nominate themselves.

To nominate a candidate for an NSERC Award for Science Promotion, fill in the NSERC application form, print and sign it, and mail it in to NSERC with the application.

The submission must also contain:

  1. A letter or document that describes (three pages maximum):
    1. the nominee’s efforts and involvement in inspiring public understanding and developing abilities in science and engineering;
    2. the impact and duration of the nominee’s activities (Note: nominators are encouraged to include specific measures of impact); and
    3. the project’s content, originality and scope.
  2. Three signed letters of recommendation; and
  3. Supporting documentation (such as promotional material, participant feedback, media coverage, publications, awards) (four pages maximum).

Submissions and support material become the property of NSERC and will not be returned. Do not include videos or CD ROMS.

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


No internal adjudication will be offered for this award.

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.

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Sponsor Contact(s)

NSERC Awards for Science Promotion
Life Sciences and Special Research Opportunities Division
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-996-1417
Fax: 613-992-5337