Applications for 2019 are now closed.

The President’s Medal is CMHC’s highest honour. This prestigious award recognizes a significant research contribution that has:


A cash award of $20,000 is provided to promote and extend the work being honoured.

AWARD DETAILS

The President’s Medal is CMHC’s highest honour. It recognizes a significant research contribution that has:

For this second edition of the President’s Medal, the theme is:

Using Network Solutions to Improve Housing Affordability

The 2019 theme focuses on approaches to providing housing affordability through a variety of lenses to meet Canadians’ housing needs. These various approaches – multi-dimensional, multi-nodal, processes, relationships, frameworks, communities or practices – will better leverage resources, knowledge, and tools. Network solutions help to:

  • create new knowledge
  • reduce risks
  • pool affordable funding
  • capitalize on opportunities
  • overcome barriers to housing affordability

The research outcomes must demonstrate impacts within the academic community or the housing sector.

A cash award of $20,000 is given to the researcher, the research team, or the organization that undertook the initiative. It is to be used to promote and extend the work being honoured.

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible and apply for the CMHC President’s Medal for Outstanding Housing Research, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • an active researcher
  • in good standing with CMHC

Research Subject Eligibility

To qualify for the CMHC President’s Medal for Outstanding Housing Research, your research must:

Research projects that have received an award in past years are not eligible to receive an award in the subsequent year.

Requirements
See the SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION section below for submission requirements.

AWARD PROCESS

A multidisciplinary review committee will evaluate all eligible complete applications using pre-established selection criteria and recommend the recipients of the award. The committee includes distinguished individuals from academia as well as the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. CMHC reserves the right to make the final selection of recipients.

Research projects submitted for the President’s Medal will be evaluated through 2 separate filters.

The first filter requires a minimum score of 80%:

Research for this award will be evaluated according to the Housing Research Excellence criteria:

Criteria 1: Research Excellence and Innovation

  1. Innovation (20%)
    Explain how your research presents an original, innovative contribution to housing research.
  2. Research Rigour (20%)
    For projects identifying Indigenous populations, describe how First Nation communities are involved in the research process. For other projects describe how the quality of your research findings was achieved.

Criteria 2: Demonstrated Research Impact

  1. Relevance (15%)
    Describe how your research addresses gaps in at least one NHS priority area of action.
  2. Research impact (15%)
    Explain how this research has the potential to have a significant and positive impact on housing knowledge, fill gaps, or develop expertise in the housing field.

Criteria 3: Implementation Strategy (20%)

Outline your proposed approach for promoting and expanding the impact and outcomes of your research.

Criteria 4: Presentation (10%)

Evidence that the application questions were clearly answered, well presented, articulate, complete and easy to evaluate.

The second filter requires a minimum score of 80%:

The highest ranked project of the Housing Research Excellence candidates will then be evaluated for its strength with respect to the President’s Medal theme:

Criteria 5: Using Network Solutions to Improve Housing Affordability

Explain, describe, or demonstrate how your research allows for Network Solutions to be applied to housing affordability in Canada. The research may alternatively demonstrate or hypothesise how network solutions experienced in other business segments, industries, or geographies may be applied to housing affordability in Canada.

Conditions of Funding:

  • Funding of the award is conditional on the signing of a recipient award agreement.
  • The lead applicant of the recipient research project will be expected to attend an award ceremony planned for fall 2019. Travel costs and conference fees will be covered by CMHC as per our travel policy.
  • You will be required to submit a report within six (6) months of funding disbursement. This report should highlight how the award funds were used to promote and extend the work being honoured.

RESOURCES

SUBMIT YOUR Application

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

CONTACT

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Date Published: May 2, 2018