Prizes and Awards


In uOttawa’s bid to increase its research intensity and international recognition, research and teaching prizes and awards are becoming more and more important.  Awards such as these promote a culture of research excellence and raises the visibility and profile of the institution and researchers on the national and international scene.  Gaining this recognition strengthens the appeal of uOttawa as a first-class institution for study and research and encourages careers in research/academia.

The Faculty of Medicine Research Office staff provides assistance to investigators, research teams and educators in identifying relevant awards and prizes and preparing applications, as well as coordinating nominations with key stakeholders within and external to the University.

For a list of past award recipients, click here

For more information on the services provided by the Faculty for prizes and awards, please contact:

Dr. Chris Kennedy
Director, Awards and Prizes for Excellence in Education and Research
613-562-5800 x 8529

Ms. Mélanie Rioux
Research Advisor
613-562-5800 x 8509

Upcoming awards

University of Ottawa Honorary Doctorates

Submission deadline - Ongoing year-round

At the Faculty of Medicine, we are always on the look out for potential candidates for uOttawa Honorary Doctorates that can be honoured and recognized during the annual convocation ceremonies. HD are presented to recognize academics, scientists, researchers, clinicians, activists and scholars who have made a significant, pioneering or revolutionary contribution to their area.  These can be individuals at the local, national or international level and can be people whose contributions may not have necessarily been widely acclaimed, but could serve as important inspiration for graduating students.

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Awards

Submission deadline - October 31, 2021

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) offers research awards and invites nominations from its members and other interested parties. There are four awards: Senior Investigator Award, New Investigator Award, Arthur Wynne Gold Medal (lifetime achievement) and Jeanne Manery Fisher Memorial Lecture (for women only).

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Submission deadline - November 2, 2021

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.

The Albert Einstein World Award of Science

Submission deadline - November 20, 2021

The “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science recognizes and encourages scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind.

The CAME Awards

Submission deadline - November 26, 2021

The CAME Awards highlight the amazing contributions of members in our community. The purpose of the CAME awards is to recognize excellence in medical education. The award recipients will be recognized at the annual CAME Luncheon in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME).

Criteria and documentation vary for each award, so please review each carefully before submitting your nomination.

NSERC Award for Science Promotion

Submission deadline - November 25, 2021

The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion focus on individuals and groups who are inspirational in the way they promote science to the general public.

Canadian Medical Association Awards

Submission deadline - November 30, 2021

  • The Dr. Léo-Paul Landry Medal of Service is awarded to a CMA member who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of health care in Canada.
  • The F.N.G. Starr Award recognizes outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement. It is the highest CMA award available to one of its members.
  • The May Cohen Award for Women Mentors is presented to a female physician and CMA member who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring.
  • The Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy is presented to a CMA member who has demonstrated recent leadership, commitment and dedication in advancing CMA goals and policies through grassroots advocacy.
  • The Awards for Young Leaders are given out to up to six CMA members (two students, two residents and two early-career physicians (five years post-residency)) who have demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the following areas: political, clinical, educational, or research and community service.
  • The Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics and Professionalism recognizes a CMA member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to advancing and promoting excellence in medical ethics or medical professionalism in Canada.
  • The Dr. Brian Brodie Medical Learner Leadership Award is granted to one student and one resident who demonstrate exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership. The award is intended to help pursue leadership development opportunities.
  • The Dr. Ashok Muzumdar Memorial Award for Physicians with Disabilities (including medical learners) is granted to a CMA member with a disability, whether physical, cognitive or psychological, who demonstrates resilience and leadership.

Canadian Cancer Society Awards

Submission deadline - TBD (usually in December)

The Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research recognize individuals who have made, and are making, valuable contributions to the cancer research ecosystem in Canada. Recipients are leaders in their fields who exemplify excellence in science and outstanding service to the scientific community. The awards categories cover lifetime achievement awards, clinical, epidemiological and biomedical research, early-career investigator awards as well as an inclusive excellent prize.

Royal Society of Canada

Submission deadline - TBD (usually in December)

Fellows of the RSC are distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Junior candidates may also be nominated for the RSC College of New Scholars and Scientists (those within 15 years post-PhD).

The Gruber Foundation Awards

Submission deadline - December 15, 2021

The Gruber Foundation honors individuals in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Justice, and Women's Rights, whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.

Committee members


Christopher Kennedy



Baptiste Lacoste (CMM)

Patrick Giguère (BMI)

Melissa Brouwers (SEPH)

Vicki LeBlanc (DIME)

Miriam Mottiar (Anesthesiology)

Tracy Serafini  (Medicine)

Amanda Black (OBGYN)

Alex MacKenzie (Pediatrics)

Tim Lau (Psychiatry)

Zaid Jibri (Radiology)

Jennifer Artz (Surgery)

Lisa Caulley (Otolaryngology)

Manon Denis-Leblanc (Francophone Affairs)

Faranak Vahid-Ansari (Post-Doc)

Damian Chwastek (Grad)

Tamara Sandouka (TMM)

Mohamad Chahrour (UGME)

Ariba Shah (Resident)

Awards Committee Terms of Reference (pdf, 141.89 KB)

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