Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award (2014) – Institute of Genetics

Important Dates
  • October 1, 2014 - Full applications must be submitted by this date
  • December 15, 2014 - Anticipated notification of decision

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Description and Objectives

The CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG) established the Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award to honour one of Canada's best known geneticists, Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui, whose discovery of the gene for cystic fibrosis was a milestone in human genetic disease research. Each year this award recognizes outstanding health research carried out by trainees in all fields and disciplines working within the IG's mandate.

Funds Available

Each year, a total of up to two awards and three finalist prizes are made available for published, peer-reviewed, scientific articles led by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical residents:

  • One $1,000 award for peer-reviewed publications in the area of biomedical research
  • One $1,000 award for peer-reviewed publications in the area of clinical, health services, population health, or genetic ethical, legal and social issues research
  • Three $500 overall finalist prizes for peer-reviewed publications for the competition

All awards and finalist prizes are for a term of one-year and are non-renewable.


Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements for CIHR Grants and Awards regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

Specific Eligibility Requirements

All applications which meet the following criteria will be considered for the Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award:

  • Supervisors, faculty members, or department heads must nominate the candidate
  • The nominee must have been the first author of a recently published or in press article (within 12 months of the application deadline). Manuscripts and review articles will not be accepted
  • The nominee must be a trainee (Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow1, Resident/Fellow) at the time the publication was submitted
  • The research must be conducted in Canada, or a by a Canadian trainee working abroad
  • The nominee must be the first author of the article. In the case where two trainees have equal first co-authorship, each co-author will share the award
  • There is no need for the research to have been supported by CIHR or for the author to be a CIHR awardee

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Applications deemed eligible will be reviewed by the IG Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award Committee. The following review criteria will be used to compare eligible publications:

  • Level of the student/trainee's contribution
  • Degree of relevance to the IG mandate
  • Calibre of the scientific journal

The IG Scientific Director will determine award recipients based on the recommendations of the review committee.

Communications Requirements

Award recipients will be featured on the IG's website and will be asked to provide a lay summary of their research publication.

Recipients are required to acknowledge CIHR, its institutes and partners in any communication or publication related to the IG's Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award. See CIHR General Grants and Awards Policies, Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support for details on CIHR's communication requirements.

How to Apply

Nominations must be made by supervisors, faculty members or departmental heads and sent in writing by mail and e-mail to the Institute of Genetics.

Please submit nominations using the Lap-Chee Tsui Publication Award Nomination Form [ PDF (68.6 KB) ]. In the case where two trainees have equal first co-authorship, please complete and submit two nomination forms together.

The application process has two steps:

  1. Email an electronic copy of the completed nomination form (original signatures not required) with a PDF file of the published article to, and
  2. Mail one signed copy of the nomination form and the published article to the following address:

    CIHR Institute of Genetics
    160 Elgin Street, 10th Floor
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0W9

Contact Information

For questions about this initiative and eligible research areas, please contact:

André Fortin
Associate, CIHR Institute of Genetics
Phone: 613-957-6126


Footnote 1

Post-doctoral candidates with more than six years of post-PhD research training by the competition deadline are not eligible to apply for this award. Any interruption in a candidate's post-PhD research training will be taken into account in determining eligibility.


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