Enhancing Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence

Is Canada's extraordinary research record receiving the international recognition that it deserves?

Is Canada successfully promoting global excellence to the full extent required in the 21st century?

What can be done to build on Canada's major international research achievements, especially in recent years?

The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, along with members of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council, and leaders of research agencies, scholarly associations and interested groups from across Canada, met in spring 2012 to address the above questions. They agreed that, in order to increase international recognition for leading scholars and scientists in Canada, a process is needed to ensure more scholars and scientists are nominated for major awards.

The goal of the Enhancing Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence initiative is to boost Canada's research profile on the global stage.

The presidents of the three federal granting agencies - the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - have offered to support the efforts of universities, hospitals, research institutes, and corporate and government laboratories by:

  • developing an inventory of international research awards (a living document to be updated regularly); and
  • offering support to organizations in building “compelling dossiers” on their candidates in the application process for international awards, by facilitating external reviews of institutions' draft statements on major scholarly contributions required within the nomination package.

The Committee to Enhance Canada's Success in International Awards/Prizes, chaired by the Governor General of Canada, will also set up a Canvassing Committee to identify potential outstanding candidates. These Committee members will serve as talent scouts to:

  • identify meritorious candidates for major international research award nominations;
  • contact the leader of the candidate's institution to recommend the candidate be considered for nomination for a specific award; and
  • connect the institution's administrators with the federal granting agencies' Interagency Coordinator to provide support, if a nomination is pursued.

For information regarding the development of successful nominations, please see Paths to Success.

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston and Dr. Howard Alper, Chair of the Canvassing Committee, have communicated the importance of celebrating Canadian scientists and researchers, and emphasized the value of the initiative to enhance global recognition in several articles published since inception.

Note that support is exclusively offered for international awards.

Contact Information

For more information about this initiative, please contact:

Kiera Keown
Interagency Coordinator
Tel.: 613-954-7143
Fax: 613-954-1800
Email: kiera.keown@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


Also available:

Canadian Winners of International Prizes