Call for Nominations for the the 2023 CIHR-ICRH/CSS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Sleep Sciences

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) have partnered on the 2023 CIHR-ICRH/CSS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Sleep Sciences to recognize an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of sleep sciences both in Canada and internationally. The award will be presented to the selected candidate at the April 27-29, 2023 Canadian Sleep Society Conference, where the recipient will deliver a lecture as part of the scientific program.

The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of their research in Canada and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of sleep sciences. Nominees may have conducted work in any one of a number of sleep disciplines and within any of the four CIHR research theme areas: biomedical; clinical; health systems and services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health. The selected candidate’s research topic should relevant to the 2023 Canadian Sleep Society Conference attendees, where the award will be presented.

The award consists of a $5,000 honorarium in addition to coverage of all expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, etc.) for the recipient to attend the 2023 Canadian Sleep Society Conference and to deliver a lecture on a research topic relevant to a broad research audience.

Please complete the 2023 nomination form [ PDF (249 KB) ] and submit it to Dr. Yuliya Fakhr by e-mail at by 4:00 pm MST on November 25, 2022. All emails received will be acknowledged.

The awardee will be announced through the CIHR and CSS communication channels by January 2023.

CIHR and CSS recognize the value and need for diversity within health research. We encourage nominations for outstanding scientists who are women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), members of visible minority groups (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and others who contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Please note that you are entitled to submit only one nomination form per Distinguished Lecturer Award competition. Scientists who have received a CIHR-ICRH partnered Distinguished Lecturer Award previously are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations for candidates not selected may be carried forward for consideration for up to three (3) consecutive years from the original nomination year, and the nominator may be contacted to update the nomination package.

Please consider the ICRH Strategic Priorities (Preparing Future Capacity, Accelerating Knowledge Through Collaboration, Catalyzing Impact Through Knowledge Mobilization) and Foundational Themes (Strengthening Indigenous Health Research, Enhancing Equity, Diversity and inclusion in Health Research) when reflecting the nominees impacts against the below evaluation criteria. For more information, please view the CIHR-ICRH Strategic Plan 2022–2025

Note: Nominations will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Impact of nominee’s research on sleep sciences both in Canada and internationally; extent to which the nominee has contributed significantly to the advancement of sleep sciences both in Canada and internationally (e.g., important/key research results or findings) over the last ten years.
  2. Relevance/application/impact of the nominee’s research to clinical outcomes, new IP, or other important breakthroughs in the field of sleep sciences.
  3. Demonstrated strength and reputation of the proposed nominee in the field of sleep sciences in Canada and internationally.
  4. Impact of the nominee’s mentorship and training environment on the development of early career scientists and other highly qualified personnel in Canada and internationally.
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