NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering 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 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering is NSERC's highest honour. Up to $1 million (over 5 years) is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the fields of natural sciences or engineering.

The award may be used for personal university-based research or in some related way, such as the establishment of research Chairs in his or her name at Canadian universities.

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Nominators can be any individual or group of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Nominees must be active researchers in science and/or engineering. The nominee's work must demonstrate a high degree of expertise, creativity, imagination, leadership, perseverance, and dedication.

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.

The Nomination consists of:

  1. A letter (max 4 pages) with the following headings that clearly describes:
    • The nominee's achievements and how they relate to contributions to knowledge, the development of solutions to practical problems, knowledge transfer initiatives or activities, training and mentoring of highly qualified personnel, or research impact;
    • The significance, benefit or impact of the nominee's achievements on society and industry;
    • The role of the nominee in bringing about achievements;
    • The nominees most significant contributions - making reference to the CV
  2. Nominee's NSERC Personal Data Form or Canadian Common CV (over the entire career)

  3. The names and email addresses of the six most important people in the nominee's field from whom NSERC may request objective assessments of the nominee's suitability.

  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 received by NSERC by November 28, 2023 at 8pm (Eastern Time).

Nominations are submitted using the online using the Secure Submissions for NSERC's Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs.


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Awards & Distinctions (rwprizes@uwo.ca) at Research Development & Services regarding this award and the nomination process.