O'Brien Institute Awards

The O’Brien Institute Emerging Research Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research at an early career stage. No individual may be awarded the prize more than once. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque at an O’Brien Institute Event. The winner will have an opportunity to be nominated for other Internal and External award opportunities.

Eligibility:
The O’Brien Institute Emerging Research Leader Award is open to all full-time members within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Candidates must have, at the time of application, held the equivalent of a full time, independent research appointment, for a period of 0 to 5 years (60 months) with allowance made for parental or medical leaves.

Criteria for the Award:
Candidates must have demonstrated:

  • Contributions and impact to knowledge and innovation;

  • Successful promotion, dissemination, and/or management of research activities;

  • Training of graduate students and other highly qualified research personnel;

  • Other appropriate contributions.

Nomination Package:

  1. Signed letter of nomination from a member of the O’Brien Institute (other than the nominee) or a self-nomination letter from the applicant (must be a member) with at least one letter of reference. The nomination letter (maximum 2 pages) should clearly indicate the highest degree and year received, and outline the significance, benefits, or impacts of the nominee’s achievements as they relate to the criteria listed above.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Decisions:
Nominations are reviewed by a panel that is populated each year of previous O'Brien Award winners, who then make recommendations to the Institute's Directors.

The O’Brien Institute Mid-Career Research Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research at a mid-career stage. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque at an O’Brien Institute Event. The winner will have an opportunity to be nominated for Internal and External award opportunities.

Eligibility:
The O’Brien Institute Mid-Career Research Leader Award is open to all full-time members within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Candidates must have assumed an independent research position within the last 5 to 15 years with allowance made for parental or medical leaves.

Criteria for the Award:
Candidates must have demonstrated:

  • Contributions and impact to knowledge and innovation;

  • Successful promotion, dissemination, and/or management of research activities;

  • Training of graduate students and other highly qualified research personnel;

  • Other appropriate contributions.

Nomination Package:

  1. Signed letter of nomination from a member of the O’Brien Institute (other than the nominee) or a self-nomination letter from the applicant (must be a member) with at least one letter of reference. The nomination letter (maximum 2 pages) should clearly indicate the highest degree and year received, and outline the significance, benefits, or impacts of the nominee’s achievements as they relate to the criteria listed above.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Decisions:
Nominations are reviewed by a panel that is populated each year of previous O'Brien Award winners, who then make recommendations to the Institute's Directors.

The O’Brien Institute Research Excellence Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research at a senior career stage. No individual may be awarded the prize more than once. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque at an O’Brien Institute Event. The winner will have an opportunity to be nominated for other Internal and External award opportunities.

Eligibility:
The O’Brien Institute Research Excellence Award is open to all full-time members within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Candidates must have at the time of application, assumed their first independent research position over 15 years ago.

Criteria for the Award:
Candidates must have demonstrated:

  • Excellence in research supported by evidence of impact;

  • Substantial and distinguished research and scholarly contributions over a significant period with impact on the advancement of his or her research both nationally and internationally.

Nomination Package:

  1. Signed letter of nomination from a member of the O’Brien Institute (other than the nominee) or a self-nomination letter from the applicant (must be a member) with at least one letter of reference. The nomination letter (maximum 2 pages) should include a statement about the standing of the individual within their specific research field, discipline specific information about work load, stage in career, and measures of excellence in the specific field. The letter should outline the significance, benefits, or impacts of the nominee’s achievements as they relate to contributions and impact to knowledge and innovation, successful promotion, dissemination and/or management of research activities.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Decisions:
Nominations are reviewed by a panel that is populated each year of previous O'Brien Award winners, who then make recommendations to the Institute's Directors.

The O’Brien Institute Societal Impact Award is presented to an individual or team at any stage of their career who has made an outstanding contribution in the past year toward a discrete health-related impact on society. The O’Brien Institute Societal Impact Award is open to all full- time members within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. No individual may be awarded the prize more than once. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque at an O’Brien Institute Event. The winner will have an opportunity to be nominated for other Internal and External award opportunities.

Criteria for the Award:
Candidates must have demonstrated significant advancement towards a health-related impact to society in the past calendar year (2021) in at least one of the following domains:

  • Synthesis, dissemination, and exchange activities (i.e. Knowledge Translation);

  • Communication and outreach activities;

  • Policy and practice improvements;

  • Identification of a health problem or issue;

  • Other appropriate contributions.

Submissions will be assessed on the:

  • Appropriateness of the initiative for the stated objective and audience;

  • Engagement of relevant stakeholders;

  • Extent to which the described initiative has impacted and will continue to impact policy or practice;

  • Importance of the impact on health or healthcare.

Nomination Package:

  1. Signed letter of nomination from a member of the O’Brien Institute (other than the nominee) or a self-nomination letter from the applicant (must be a member) with at least one letter of reference. The nomination letter (maximum 2 pages) should outline the nominee(s), the initiative, and the initiative’s significance, benefits or impacts.

Decisions:
Nominations are reviewed by a panel that is populated each year of previous O'Brien Award winners, who then make recommendations to the Institute's Directors.

The Lynn McIntyre Outstanding Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of significant contributions of time, talent, and leadership to the O'Brien Institute.  The Lynn McIntyre Award is open to all full-time members within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. No individual may be awarded the prize more than once. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque at an O’Brien Institute Event. 

Criteria for the Award:
Candidates will have demonstrated significant dedication to the success of the Institute, as will be evident in the service activities tracked in the Institute's membership database. Service activities might include:

  • Reviews performed in the O'Brien Institute's Internal Peer Review program
  • Participation in the O'Brien Institute's Trainee Funding College of Reviewers
  • Participation as presenter or organizer of O'Brien Institute's seminars, workshops, events
  • Participation on O'Brien Institute's committees and working groups

Nominations can be made by sending a member name to iph@ucalgary.ca.  

Decisions:
Institute staff compile service data from the membership database, for consideration by Institute Directors.