Call for Nominations for the 2023 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Critical Care Sciences

Note: The deadline for this competition has been extended.

CIHR and our award partner, the Canadian Critical Care Society, recognize the continued disruptions and pressures faced by the health research community resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, we are extending the nomination deadline for the 2023 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Critical Care Sciences. The new nomination deadline date is September 29, 2023, 4 PM MT.

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) have established an annual Distinguished Lecturer in Critical Care Sciences Award in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of critical care sciences in Canada. The award will be presented to the selected candidate at the 2023 Canadian Critical Care Forum (CCCF), to be held in Toronto, November 28-December 1, 2023 where the recipient will give a keynote lecture as part of the scientific program. The CCCF is Canada's premier national meeting dedicated to the critical care profession and supports a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to promote research, education and patient care in Critical Care Medicine.

The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of his/her research in Canada and who has contributed to the advancement of critical care sciences. The individual may have conducted work in any one of a number of critical care 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 nominated candidate's research should also be in a field of interest to the CCCS and attendees of the CCCF.

The award includes a $5,000 honorarium and reimbursement of eligible expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, etc.) for the recipient to attend the CCCF and to deliver a lecture on a research topic relevant to a largely clinical audience.

Please complete the attached nomination form [ PDF (738 KB) ] and submit it to and submit it by e-mail at by 4:00 pm MT on September 29, 2023 (extended). All emails received will be acknowledged.

CIHR and CCCS recognize the importance and need for diversity within health research. We encourage a broad range of nominations including from those who identify, for example, as women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), racialized communities, people living with disabilities and/or members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

Please note that only one nomination for an individual is permitted and multiple nominations for an individual will not be accepted. 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 CIHR-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 and advancement of critical care sciences both in Canada and internationally (e.g. tool or a guideline) over the last ten years;
  2. Relevance/application/impact of the nominee's research to a clinical setting (i.e. "research to practice to policy");
  3. Demonstrated strength and reputation of the nominee in the field of critical care sciences in Canada and internationally; and
  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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