The Steacie Prize - 2023

The Steacie Prize

The Steacie Prize is administered by the Trustees of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in Canada.

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The Steacie Prize is a $10,000 prize awarded annually to a young scientist or engineer for outstanding scientific research carried out in Canada. In his position as President of the National Research Council of Canada, Dr. E.W.R. Steacie did much to encourage young people and arrange optimum circumstances for their research.


The Prize is awarded on a competitive basis to scientists 40 years of age or younger who have made notable contributions to research in Canada. Extensions beyond the 40-year age requirement are permitted for official leaves, including parental and sick leave, and must be specified in the nomination letter.

Nomination Process

Candidates for the prize are nominated by a colleague in their field. The memorial Fund is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the selection process; an EDI statement may be included in the nomination letter or curriculum vitae.

A complete nomination will consist of:

  • a nomination letter explaining why the candidate should be considered for the prize and giving the candidate's date of birth;
  • a CV with publication list; and
  • letters of support from independent referees (minimum of three, maximum of 5) (recommend two pages max.)
    • Referees are requested to explain their knowledge of the research area and nominee and are encouraged to focus on the significance, originality and impact of the science without repeating information from the nomination letter and curriculum vitae.

Nomination files should be no longer than 25 pages in total.


The final nomination, including the reference letters and CV must be compiled into one PDF file.

The nominator will provide the completed nomination package via email.


For central coordination and submission of your nomination please contact by July 10, 2023.

The nomination submission deadline is August 31, 2023.


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