Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) recognizes individuals who exceptionally contribute to the fields of science policy and youth who show innovative evidence-based policy that positively impacts Canadians.

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Call for Competition

The deadline for applications has passed, thank you to all who have applied.

The winner will be announced at the gala dinner on Thursday, Nov 17th.

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Youth Awards

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. This award is designed not only to highlight innovative, evidence-driven policy ideas by policy students and young professionals, but also to encourage young people not currently studying, or working on, public policy to share their policy ideas.

Eligible recipients include all young Canadian residents under 35, regardless of their field of study or work.

CSPC Youth Award criteria details:
Youth Award Criteria
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Youth Award Winners

Trailblazer Awards

The CSPC Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated novelty, creativity and impact through leadership, vision, courage, and commitment to the overall advancement of the science and innovation policy ecosystem. These individuals have been instrumental in the Canadian policy environment by boldly spearheading change via one or more transformative initiatives, all while blazing a trail and inspiring others to follow.

CSPC 2022 will present two Trailblazer Awards, one in each of the categories of Science Policy and Innovation Policy.

CSPC encourages nominations from all disciplines of science (natural sciences and engineering, social and human sciences, and health sciences) and policy, and from all sectors (governments at all levels, academia, private and nonprofit sectors, media, and others).

CSPC Trailblazer Award criteria details:
Trailblazer Award Criteria
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Trailblazer Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

The CSPC Science Policy Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to science policy, and throughout their career have championed and inspired the science policy community in Canada. This award recognizes the work of individuals who have worked in science policy over a period of many years and made a deep impact in Canadian science policy.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is nominated and selected by the CSPC Board of Directors. CSPC encourages all individuals and/or organizations to forward names of any persons who they believe might deserve to be nominated for this award to CSPC ( The CSPC is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and encourages individuals from all groups to apply. An individual may win the CSPC award only once.

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be selected by the CSPC Board of Directors. If you would like to recommend an individual to be considered, please contact All recommended names will be submitted to the CSPC Board of Directors.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners