NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize - 2021

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of outstanding international significance in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years. The prize is accompanied by a team research grant of up to $250,000.


Candidates may be nominated by any individual or group; however, the nominators must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Self-nominations will not be accepted. 


  • Teams must have at least two independent researchers, at least one holding an NSERC grant.
  • The majority of the nominated team members must be employed at a Canadian university or public or private organization.
  • Contributions must be primarily in the natural sciences and engineering, and of an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature.

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.

Nomination consists of:

  • a letter (max 4 pages) describing the team’s achievements, how they relate to the award criteria, and their significance, novelty, and impact over the last six years, as well as the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the team and its achievements and the quality, extent, and importance of the team's contribution to the training of highly qualified personnel in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting:
  • a description (max one page) of the team's five most important joint contributions over the last six years, with relevant bibliographic information, including URLs;
  • a description (max one page) of the team's plans for future research;
  • NSERC Personal Data Form 100 for NSERC-eligible researchers and an up-to-date CV (max 10 pages) for any non-NSERC-eligible researchers;
  • the names of six Canadian and/or international researchers who could be approached by NSERC to conduct an impartial review of the nomination. The majority should be from outside Canada;
  • a one-paragraph description of the nominator's background; and
  • a letter from the team identifying one member as the group spokesperson.
  • 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 by April 1, 2021

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: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Brockhouse-Brockhouse/Nomination-Nomination_eng.asp