CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2024 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research

March 18, 2024 – Update: The Call for Nominations for the 2024 Friesen Prize is now Closed.

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In 2005, The Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research was established to honour the exceptional leadership, vision and innovative contributions of Dr. Henry G. Friesen. It is awarded to an individual of international stature who best exemplifies Dr. Henry Friesen’s prescience, organizational creativity and broad impact on health research and health research policy.

The prize supports an annual Public Lecture at a major Canadian academic institution and additional visits throughout the year to sponsoring universities and research institutes. In collaboration with CBC Radio One “Ideas”, a recorded interview is broadcast nationally to reach the broadest possible audience. A manuscript is also published in the “Friesen Prize Lecture” series.

Members of the Health Sciences community are encouraged to submit nominations for anyone they feel would be deserving of the Prize. Nominees will be those with vision who have had an impact in health research and health research policy at an international level. Outstanding communication skills are essential as the Prizewinner is expected to address topics important to the nation and suitable for wide public dissemination.

NOTE: The Deadline for Nominations is February 16, 2024 by 5 pm EST. Only complete nominations will be considered and materials must be sent to no later than February 16, 2024 by 5 pm EST. For more information, call: (416) 506-1597.

Nominations may be made at any time. The Friesen Prize Advisory Committee issues an annual call for nominations normally in the late fall announcing the closing date for nominations for the approaching year’s award.
There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted. Nominations will be considered for up to three consecutive years, after which a new submission is required.

Members in good standing of Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) or the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) may make nominations, at any time, without limit. Presidents and Deans of Medicine of Canadian universities are canvassed annually to nominate suitable candidates. Scientific Directors of Research Institutes are also welcome to submit nominations. Nominations from Universities and Research Centres outside of Canada will also be considered. Information related to the nomination and selection process is confidential.

Candidates for the Prize will be of international stature and will exemplify the vision, distinguished leadership, and innovative contributions of Dr. Henry G. Friesen in health research and health research policy in Canada. Nominees should possess the ability to engage a broad public audience on topics related to the advancement and contribution of health research to society.

The Prize Advisory Committee reviews and evaluates all submissions and selects the Honouree through a series of ballots. All nominations and the selection process are maintained in the strictest confidence. The Board of the presenting organization ratifies the announcement of the Prizewinner and this occurs in the Spring.

In accepting The Prize, the Honouree agrees to fulfill a number of obligations:
• The Awardee will deliver a lecture in-person of approximately one-hour in length at a Public Forum. The topic will be determined through consultation with the Advisory Committee and the lecture must appeal to an informed public audience, presenting ideas in the spirit of Dr. Friesen’s long-standing contributions.
• The presentation must be suitable for national broadcast by CBC Radio One.
• A manuscript of the Public Forum lecture will be submitted 4 weeks prior to the event for publication in both official languages.
• The Prizewinner will respond favourably, and without fee, to at least one invitation from a Canadian academic or professional institution, to present a named lecture within 12 months following the announcement of the Prize. Arrangements here will be subject to approval by the Friesen Prize Advisory Committee. Travel and some other expenses will be assumed by host organizations.
• The Awardee may address other specified events as they are scheduled throughout the year, including but not limited to a luncheon presentation to the CAHS Annual Meeting. As this is a National Prize Program, 2 or 3 additional Institutional visits to Canadian universities are encouraged for which supplementary remuneration is offered.
• Prizewinners must be available to the media following the announcement conferring the award and at other specified times throughout the year.