Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

Canada’s National Design Network® (NDN), managed by CMC Microsystems, has honoured excellence in Canadian micro-nano research for more than 20 years through its annual Douglas R. Colton award. Recognizes excellence in research leading to new understanding and novel developments in microsystems and related technologies. This award includes a monetary prize of $4,500.  

Eligibility: Candidates for the award may be faculty, students or alumni who have successfully completed a Master's or PhD degree in a Canadian university within the previous three calendar years. Joint nominations with a microelectronics or microelectronics-related company are strongly encouraged.

Note: SFU is limited to one nomination per year. Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) coordinates the internal selection of SFU candidates and leads the development of institutional nominations or endorsements for this opportunity. To promote equity, diversity and inclusion, departments and faculties should ensure that all eligible candidates are considered and given the opportunity to self-identify. To recommend a candidate to the President’s Advisory Committee on Awards, Honours and Prizes, please submit a candidate suggestion form by the internal deadline noted below.

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Upcoming Deadlines

August 27, 2022August 27, 2022 *
May 03, 2022 May. 03, 2022 May 03, 2022 16:00:00 May 03, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence Honours excellence in Canadian micro-nano research. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.