SUPPORT: Research Awards

The SUPPORT Research Awards committee plays an important role in improving nominations for prestigious external research awards through peer review by faculty members who have won major national awards and sat on selection committees for these awards. The SUPPORT Research Awards committee will review nominations for a select list of prestigious awards, advise on the suitability of a candidate for these awards, and canvass the faculty to find suitable nominees. The SUPPORT Research Awards committee also assists the President and Vice-President (Research) in reviewing requests for institutional nominations.

The Strategic University Proposal and Platform Opportunity Review Team (SUPPORT) is a Vice‐President (Research)-led initiative created in 2010 to help researchers at the University of Calgary to become more successful in major grant and award competitions while ensuring that institutional commitments can be fulfilled. The SUPPORT committee process is administered by the Research Services Office. 


Erin O'Toole
Specialist, Research Prizes, Awards, and Chairs


Or contact a Faculty representative.

Committee Reviews

Nomination Reviews: the SUPPORT: Research Awards committee regularly meets to review nominations for awards with upcoming deadlines, typically 1-2 months prior to the agency deadline. The committee aims to provide feedback to nominators and nominees within 3-4 weeks of submission. Note that SUPPORT review is not required for nominations (with the exception of quota-limited programs), and SUPPORT encourages faculty to nominate as frequently as possible.

Candidate Reviews: the SUPPORT: Research Awards committee is available to review potential candidates  for prestigious awards, making a recommendation on whether to proceed with the nomination and identifying areas to strengthen with a view towards a future nomination.

  • Candidate reviews are completed on a rolling basis. Please email the candidate’s CV and the name of the award to Research Services at

Prestigious Research Awards

The SUPPORT: Research Awards committee reviews nominations and potential candidates for a select number of prestigious external research award programs. This list is approved and regularly reviewed by the Research Awards Working Committee. As of August 2020, this list includes:

  • Alberta Science and Technology Foundation (ASTech) Awards
  • Canada Council for the Arts awards (e.g., Molson Prizes, Killam Research Fellowships, Killam Prizes)
  • Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
  • Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
  • Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes
  • NSERC Prizes
  • Order of Canada and Governor General of Canada awards
  • Alberta Order of Excellence (Lieutenant Governor of Alberta)
  • Royal Society of Canada Fellowship, Membership in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and Medals and Awards
  • SSHRC Impact Awards

For more information on how to submit nomination materials or candidate information for review, click on one of the above links or contact

If you would like SUPPORT to review a nomination for an award not on the above list, please contact your Faculty's awards representative. Requests are subject to approval by the Research Awards Working Committee.