The Carleton University Research Prizes recognize outstanding efforts and contributions that go beyond a researcher’s commitment to their own program of research and that support research excellence, student engagement and Carleton’s impact on real world issues.

The CU Research Prizes specifically recognize activities that go beyond a researcher’s commitment to their own program of research.  There are three categories of recognition:

  • Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring. (One award of $5,000)
  • Building Connections. (Up to two awards of $5,000 each)
  • Research and Academic Impact Award. (One award of $8,000)

Nominations for these prizes are encouraged from the Deans, Chairs and Directors, and faculty members. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominee must be a full-time faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor or above and hold a tenure-track or tenured position at Carleton.

The Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Award

  • one award of $5000
  • sponsored by the Vice President of Research and International
  • for outstanding contributions as a role model of research excellence and integrity and for mentoring colleagues and junior faculty members
  • mentors nominated will have had an impact beyond a single individual; to the department, faculty and/or university in such a manner as to contribute to building a sustainable research culture
    • e.g., recipients may provide unique opportunities for other colleagues to participate in collaborative projects, journal publications and symposia; they may lead workshops to help prepare competitive papers or grants and assist others in securing support for their work including peer reviewing programs and applications

Building Connections Awards

  • Up to two awards of $5,000 each
  • sponsored by the Vice President of Research and International
  • for an individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution in building successful relationships and connections (e.g., beyond individual research programs)
  • among researchers from different disciplines across the University and partners in external sectors, including private, public, or not-for-profit sectors
  • that enable Carleton to have a visible and significant presence on issues of global relevance

Faculty are not nominated for a single instance of building relationships, but a history of building connections that not only span time but can be shown to have an impact beyond a single research program.

Team nominations should explain how the various team members first came together, how they work together to produce a synergy, and what their respective impact is.

The Research and Academic Impact Award

  • One award of $8,000
  • sponsored by the Vice President of Research and International and the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • for outstanding contributions that entail mobilizing one’s teaching, research, and administrative skills to play a notable role in building on institutional strengths and connections to make a difference for Carleton’s leadership
  • dossiers nominating faculty in this category must speak to all three aspects of their activities, and describe the impact their initiative and leadership has had, or will have on Carleton’s research and academic profile and reputation.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted via online form.

A complete nomination should contain:

  1.  A letter of nomination (2 pages maximum) which describes how the nominee meets the specific criteria of the category in which she or he is being nominated.
  2.  A maximum of three (3) testimonials or letters of support may be included if they are necessary to provide additional insights to the nominee’s leadership role or impacts (optional).
  3.  The nominee’s current CV

Please note: the nomination letter must provide sufficient detail to allow the committee to make an informed decision regarding the impact of the nominee. Nominators are also encouraged to seek testimonials or letters of support from outside of the Carleton community where appropriate.


The deadline for the 2016 competition was May 2, 2016.  Online submission is now closed.

Additional Information

Each award will be provided in the form of a research grant. Results will be communicated in June 2016.

See previous CU Research Prize winners.

Should you have any questions, please contact Charlene Kennett, Research Administrator.