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Early Research Career Excellence Award

The Early Research Career Excellence Award is a university-wide, annual award that allows researchers who are at the beginning of their academic careers to develop independent research programs. It is being presented to an outstanding researcher in the first five years of his or her academic career, and who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarly, research and creative activity in their area(s) of expertise.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a research award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • RFA members of the University community who are within the first five years (60 months) since their first appointment to a tenure-track position in Ryerson or any other academic institution are eligible to apply. Adjunct professors are not eligible.
  • Faculty who receive this award may not receive the same award for two years (e.g. 2015-2016 recipients cannot receive the same award until 2018-2019. They are ineligible for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018).
  • Award recipients shall present a brief description of their research to the Ryerson University community in which they discuss aspects of the scholarly, research or creative work for which they are receiving the award. This may include a description of how the scholarly, research or creative activity was conceived and conducted and its significance within and beyond their disciplinary context.
Who can submit a nomination?

Candidates are nominated by two colleagues, a ‘Nominator’ and a ‘Seconder’. The Nominator is required to supply the information and documents as outlined below under Nomination Process and Nomination Package. A Seconder for each nomination is also required and may assist the Nominator in preparing the nomination package. Please note that either the Nominator and/or the Seconder must be a member of a department or school other than the nominee’s.

Award criteria

Contributions to scholarly, research and creative achievement to be considered by the selection committee should include:

  • Contributions must be from faculty within the first five years of their academic career;
  • Contributions to the training and research careers of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research scientists and technical staff;
  • Enhancement of the intellectual life of the university community;
  • Significant breakthrough(s) in an individual’s scholarly, research or creative field.
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the submission package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives confirmation email with link to provide online consent. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

The nomination should provide:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) – Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication should the nominee or team be selected.
  • Supporting Statement (three page maximum) of why the nominators feel that this scholar’s work has proved outstanding and important to the advancement of knowledge or creativity in the field.
  • Comprehensive summary (five page maximum) of the scholarly, research and creative achievements of the nominee.
  • Supporting materials (five document maximum) including, if appropriate, external appraisals of the nominee’s work and one or two significant publications.
  • Updated CV in Common or OCGS format - this requirement is submitted after the initial application/nomination process. Applicants/nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion.
Selection process

The award recipient(s) shall be chosen by the OVPRI Prizes and Awards Committee, which is chaired by the VPRI and comprised of the Associate Deans, Research, who serve on the SRC Representatives Committee. Members of the VPRI Prizes and Awards Committee who are nominated must recuse themselves from all discussion related to the selection process. The Committee may determine not to present an award in a particular academic year.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 22
Award presentation: Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Luncheon


Sarah Bukhari, research events coordinator or 416-979-5000, ext. 3424


Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Scholarly, Research & Creative Activity Luncheon

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Sarah Bukhari
Research Events Coordinator
416-979-5000, ext. 3424