Call for Youth Award applications and Trailblazer Awards nominations

The Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) recognizes the efforts of individuals who make exceptional contributions to the field of science policy, as well as the efforts of the youth who demonstrate the possibilities of innovative, evidence-based policies that positively impact Canadians.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Trailblazer Awards

Youth Award

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Youth Award

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:
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Trailblazer Awards

The CSPC Trailblazer Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated novelty and creativity through leadership, vision, courage, and commitment, and positively and significantly impacted the Canadian Science, Technology and Innovation ecosystem. These individuals have been instrumental in boldly spearheading change via one or more transformative initiatives, while blazing a trail and inspiring others to follow.

CSPC 2024 will present four Trailblazer Awards, one in each of the categories of Policy for Science, Science for Policy, Innovation Policy and finally, a new award as of this year: Science & Society.

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

Please note that technological or scientific discoveries or inventions are not considered for this award.

CSPC Trailblazer Award criteria details:
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Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime achievement award winners are nominated and selected by the CSPC Board of Directors. If you would like to recommend an individual to be considered, please contact

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.