CSPC 2017 Science Policy Award of Excellence – Youth Category


(NOTE: Deadline extended) 11:59PM (PACIFIC TIME) ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1st 2017.

This award recognizes a young individual (student, postdoctoral fellow, researcher, entrepreneur, etc.) under the age of 35 who proposes an innovative and compelling evidence-based policy that will make a positive difference to Canadians. Proposals should be connected to one or more of the themes for the 2017 CSPC Conference. The winner will receive free admission to the CSPC 2017 Conference, along with accommodation for two nights (in Ottawa from November 1-3), and will have the opportunity to present their policy proposal at the conference. This award is designed not only to highlight innovative, evidence-driven policy ideas, but also to encourage innovative young people not currently studying, or working on, public policy to share their policy ideas.



For a look at the top proposals from 2016, please download the PDF at:

You can also view the 2016 Awards Ceremony at:


CSPC 2017 Themes

  1. What are Canada’s likely challenges in the next 50 years, and how can scientific knowledge be used to solve them?

  2. How does Canada get the new scientific knowledge it needs?

  3. How do we strengthen the environment for the production and integration of new scientific knowledge?

  4. How can we more effectively bring new and existing scientific knowledge to bear on Canada’s challenges?

  5. How do we engage the public in Canada’s science system?

Judging Criteria

Applications will be scored on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Effective use of evidence - 30%

  • Expected impact of the proposal - 25%

  • Novelty and creativity - 20%

  • Presentation and clarity of writing – ability to be understood by a general public audience - 25%

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted, in English or French, to by 11:59PM (PACIFIC TIME) ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1st 2017.

Applications are to be submitted through a web-fillable form at:

Please ensure that each element below is included and does not exceed the stated word counts.



Accompanying videos (of not more than 15 minutes), posters or presentations (in PowerPoint or Prezi) are also welcome in addition to the completed web form.

Accompanying files must be less than 8 MB and any of the following file types is acceptable (gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx).

Videos or multimedia presentations must be on an external provider (like YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi etc.).

Note that proposals will be anonymized and reviewed blind by an expert committee.

Note: Citations from evidence sources, which should be in square brackets, are not included in the word count.

Application Elements

  1. Name.

  2. *Date of birth.

  3. *Contact information (phone, address, email).

  4. Brief biography (no more than 150 words).

  5. Inspiration (in 150 words or less, describe what inspired you to tackle this particular issue).

  6. Connected conference theme(s)

  7. Title of Policy Proposal (10 words or less).

  8. Need/Opportunity for Action (in 600 words or less, describe the nature of the problem that the proposal seeks to solve, why it is important, and current actions being taken or not taken by government, including partnership activities – include evidence base).

  9. Proposed Action (in 600 words or less, describe the proposed policy/program by government, including in partnership with other organizations, the rationale and who should be involved – include evidence base).

Rules and Regulations

  1. Applicants must be made by individual under the age of 35 at the time of submission.

  2. Applicants must be living in Canada.

  3. All scores and feedback provided by the judges will not be disclosed for any reason.

  4. All applicants give the right to the CSPC to profile their submission in all Conference materials before, during, and after the event.

  5. The CSPC and the judges will not release any information in the application that is specified as confidential (marked above with an *asterisk).