Research Professionals Excellence Awards


Competition year :



Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

January 27th, 2016, 4 PM


Deadline (application) :

January 27th, 2016, 4 PM


Amount :



Duration :

One payment


Announcement of results :

March 2016


Competition Objectives and Rules

The Research Professionals Excellence Awards are presented by each of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.




  • Recognize the contribution of research professionals to research, knowledge mobilization, training for new generations of researchers or supporting groups of researchers in all areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec, namely the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC);
  • Promote research professionals' careers in Québec;
  • Develop strong ties between the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the province's community of research professionals.


  1. The masculine gender is employed throughout this document without discrimination, solely for purposes of legibility.
  2. For the purpose of this competition, the term "research professional" will be used to describe any contract salaried professional, regardless of his research job title, whose remuneration comes from research grants or the regular budget of the institution in which he works.



  • One award of $5,000 presented by each Fonds;
  • An overview of each recipient's experience and achievements, along with a photo, will be featured on the website



One competition per year, following which the name of the recipient from each Fonds will be announced.



  • The candidate must work as a research professional for a minimum of 21 hours per week at a Québec university or research organization affiliated with a Québec university at the time of application;
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years experience as a research professional in Québec;
  • The candidate may not be a full-time student or postdoctoral fellow.
  • The candidate may not hold a faculty appointment;
  • The candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • The candidate may not simultaneously apply to more than one Fonds for the Research Professionals Excellence Awards;
  • A candidate may not receive the award more than once.


Evaluation Criteria

The candidate must demonstrate his contribution to one or more of the following research activities in a sector covered by one of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec:

  • Advancement of knowledge;
  • Mobilization, transfer or valorization of knowledge;
  • Training of new researchers (students, interns or other highly qualified staff);
  • Support for groups, networks or teams of researchers.


Evaluation Process

Applications are submitted to the Fonds according to the research area identified by the candidate. They are assessed by a selection committee set up by each Fonds, based on the evaluation criteria. The candidate's actual contribution, the quality of the written language and the presentation of the application will all be taken into consideration.


Application Process

Candidates must submit the following documents by E-mail only, no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 2016:

  • A cover letter of no more than 2 pages bearing their signature;
  • A CV (maximum 5 pages) providing full details of their education and research career. In addition, the CV should clearly indicate whether the candidate is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

The cover letter and CV should:

  1. Contain all information required for the evaluation of the application according to the evaluation criteria listed above;
  2. Be in the form of a single PDF document set in 12-point Times New Roman font on 8½ x 11 inch (216  x 279 mm) paper, with margins of at least 2.5 cm.
  • A letter from their employer attesting that, at the time of the application, the candidate holds a professional research post in a Québec university or a research affiliated with a Québec university;
  • One letter of recommendation.

Documents may be in French or English.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

Award recipients will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • A recent photograph;
  • Certain administrative information.

Do you have questions?

Pascale Marcoux

Responsable de programmes


418 643-7582, poste 3210

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