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CAIMS-SCMAI Research Prize

The society’s pre-eminent research award recognizes innovative and exceptional research contributions in applied or industrial mathematics.

This prize was established in 2003. The award will consist of a prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS • SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations will be evaluated annually by the Research Prize Committee; their decisions are final. Nomination packages should provide evidence of research excellence by the nominee in applied or industrial mathematics. The committee may seek advice from experts as needed.

The CAIMS-SCMAI Research Prize is intended to recognize outstanding contributions in a certain area of research or industrial application. It is not a life-time achievement award, rather a recognition of a body of work that had significant impact in mathematics, sciences, or industry. A strong relationship to Canada should be evident.

Nominations shall consist of:
  1. a title of the award, that describes the research area for which the award is given
    (For example: … for contributions to nonholonomic variational principles, or …. for contributions to the ecological modelling in the arctic, etc. )
  2. a media summary of the research contributions in the specified research area (five-line press release)
  3. a detailed description (maximum two pages) of the research contributions of the nominee in the specified research area
  4. a curriculum vitae including the list of publications
  5. four reprints that relate to the specified research area
  6. a brief discussion of why there is a strong relationship to Canada. Examples of such a relationship include:
    • The nominee is a member of CAIMS-SCMAI
    • The nominee holds a position at a Canadian institution
    • The research for which the prize is being given was conducted primarily
      in Canada

To submit an application for this award, go to Open Nominations page.

The committee may, at its discretion, choose to recommend that applications which remain eligible be considered in the next year.


2022 Prize Winner: Frithjof Lutscher

It is a great honour for the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society to present the 2022 Research Prize to Prof. Frithjof Lutscher of the University of Ottawa in recognition of his outstanding contributions to mathematical ecology. His accomplished work and his innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research will continue to influence the research in spatial ecology and applied mathematics for years to come.

Award Winners

Frithjof Lutscher

David Earn

Steve Ruuth

Pauline van den Driessche

Leon Glass

James Feng

Leah Edelstein Keshet

Thomas Hillen

Michael Doebeli

Neil Balmforth

Troy Day

Michael Ward

Uri Ascher

Mark Lewis

J. Alan George

Gordon Swaters

Michael Mackey

Michel Fortin

Bob Russell

Jianhong Wu