NEW $25,000

Applications are now closed.
Winners will be invited to accept their prizes at
the National Science and Innovation Gala
in Ottawa in May 2017.

Are you often described as a leader, an achiever, or an innovator? Do you have limitless drive, ambition, and determination? If so, there’s an opportunity to receive a $25,000 prize towards your post-secondary education.

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The STEAM Horizon Awards, a newly funded prize program, invites Canada’s youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Up to seven students will each be awarded a $25,000 prize for their post-secondary education. Two of the seven prizes will go to Indigenous youth. The prizes will be funded by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation, alongside six Founding Partners. We are confident that these recipients will act as role models and ambassadors for future STEAM generations.

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You could receive a $25,000 prize towards your post-secondary education. With your academic excellence and great communication skills, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact and solve real world problems. You could also be flown to Ottawa and recognized for your achievements at the Foundation’s National Science and Innovation Gala.


Create a short video (max. 2 minutes) highlighting your achievements and demonstrating your oral communication skills. There’s only one opportunity to make a first impression, so make it count.

Talk to your guidance counselor, your teachers, your professors, your supervisors, or anyone else who can provide you with a letter of support and express why you deserve a STEAM Horizon Award. In total, you will need two letters of support sharing your story and what you have done to stand out from the crowd.

Get a copy of all of your transcripts

As an applicant, sign a copy of the ‘terms and conditions of applying form’ found here.

Place all of the completed steps above into a separate folder on your computer.

Once complete, you can easily submit the folder – with all four necessary documents – to the Secure Submissions for the STEAM Horizon Awards on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) website. The deadline is January 9, 2017 so you need to act fast.

* Before submitting, it’s crucial that you make sure all necessary documents are complete. You only have one chance to submit.


The STEAM Horizon Awards recipients will have inspiring achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. These achievements could be formally recognized – a science fair win, a published app, a patented invention, etc. or they could be less formally recognized – the founding of a local coding club, developing a course for kids, or creating a local interactive art installation. Regardless of the accomplishment, it must reflect passion and illustrate a positive impact on the community.

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Recipients see how technology affects the world from many different perspectives, and are passionate about using it to solve interesting, real-world problems. Since it can be broadly interpreted, it’s important recipients approach their love of technology as they see fit – whether from an art and design perspective, as an engineer, or as a scientist.

Finally, the recipients will be excellent communicators and act as role models and ambassadors for future STEAM generations. They can easily persuade through oral and/or written communication, but could also clearly communicate through other media, like video or art. They have the potential to inspire youth and create a better world for generations to come.

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A selection committee will review all the applications that have been submitted and make recommendations to a selection board where a final decision will be made. So good luck!


After the completion of the selection process in March, applicants will be informed of the award decisions. Winners will be invited to Ottawa during Science Odyssey Week in May, and recognized for their achievements at the Foundation’s annual National Science and Innovation Gala.


  • Must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada
  • Must be between 16 and 18 years old at the time of application
  • Must be recognized for STEAM-related accomplishments in a formal or informal way
  • Must be maintaining a minimum academic average of 85%
  • Must either be preparing to enroll, or currently enrolled, in their first year of post-secondary education. The enrolment must be in a STEAM field in Canada

The Foundation and its Founding Partners welcome applicants who reflect the diverse nature of our country. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities.


As a proud supporter of STEAM, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation is pleased to partner with NSERC, Indspire, Shopify, Vintage Wings, VLN Advanced Technologies, and Syncrude to make these awards possible. These partners are committed to supporting Canada’s next generation of STEAM innovators as they create a better world for generations to come.




The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation is a national Foundation supporting the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The Foundation began its work in 2007 to share the human stories of Canadian innovation, and to inspire the next generation of great innovators. The Foundation achieves this by inspiring youth, sharing science and discoveries, encouraging innovation, protecting heritage, and sharing culture.