Tomlinson Science Awards

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The Tomlinson Science Awards result from the visionary philanthropy of Dr. Richard Tomlinson, his dedication to fundamental research, and dedication to the training of future scientists.  The Awards (valued at $40K each) fund high risk projects which have the potential to be high impact in their contributions to fundamental or applied science. Tomlinson Award-funded projects will normally be at their early stage. As such, the purpose of the Tomlinson Awards is to position exciting and new research projects in a manner that will increase their competitiveness for other funding sources in either basic research or collaborative/applied research programs overseen by NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, and FQRNT, among others.


A tenure track/tenured faculty member in the Faculty of Science.


The Award allocation is for one fiscal year (May 1 to April 30).The carry-forward of unspent funds is not permitted. 85% of the funds must be directed to HQP costs (salaries/stipends of undergraduate researchers, graduate students, PDFs, research associates) who are directly working on the proposed project. 15% of the allocation can be directed to supporting direct costs of research (consumables, instrument user fees, etc.).  Hardware, software, instrumentation infrastructure, renovations/physical space improvements, travel/conference fees are not eligible expenses in this competition.


A complete application includes an updated CV (CCV or NSERC Form 100) plus a two-page Research Proposal (single spaced text, 12 font, 1” inch page margins) incorporating:

  • The context of the selected research problem
  • The research to be undertaken to address the research problem
  • Role(s) of HQP in the research project
  • Anticipated research outcomes and next research milestones


March 30, 2018 (5:00 PM)

Questions and submissions

Electronic files (CV and Research Proposal) to be submitted electronically as separate attachments in one email message. Complete applications can be sent to Eduardo Ganem Cuenca (Research and Grants Facilitator, Faculty of Science) by eduardo.ganemcuenca [at] (email). For questions, contact Eduardo Ganem Cuenca by eduardo.ganemcuenca [at] (email) or 514-398-7431.

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