NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize - 2023

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

NSERC celebrates exceptional examples of research excellence with a wide range of prizes. Individual awards focus on accomplishments that range from innovative discoveries by young researchers to lifetime achievement and influence.

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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. The prize is accompanied by a team research grant of up to $250,000.

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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 on the Assessment of Contributions to Research, Training and Mentoring.

A Nomination consists of:

  1. Letter (max 4 pages) Including a title describing the research achievement(s), using these headings
    • Team's achievements built on:
      • Research Contributions
      • Training and mentoring contributions
    • The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the team and its achievements
      • If the interdisciplinary nature of a team is not evident, the nomination may be ruled ineligible.Description (max one page) of the team's five most important joint contributions, with relevant bibliographic information;
  2. The names and contact details of six researchers who could be approached by NSERC to conduct an impartial review of the nomination. The researchers should come from a wide range of experience, career stages, under-representaed groups, etc.;

  3. Letter from the team identifying one member as the group spokesperson. This should include a demonstration of the team's eligibility of this prize, addressing the items included under Eligibility;

  4. Terms and conditions form for nominees signed by each nominee;

  5. Terms and conditions form for nominators signed by each nominator.

Deadline and Submission

Nominations must be submitted to NSERC by November 28, 2023 before 8pm (Eastern Time).

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


Potential nominators and nominees are encouraged to contact Research Awards & Distinctions at rwprizes@uwo.ca regarding Western Research support and coordination of your nomination.