National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

The Killam Trusts, the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2021 to transition the Killam program to the NRC.

The new partnership marks an exciting development and a promising new era for the program. As part of the transition, the Killam program administered by CCA will be renamed to the National Killam Program. The National Killam Program will include the Killam Prize and Killam Research Fellowships.

The NRC will assume Program delivery responsibilities in time for the 2023 Program cycle (beginning in fall 2021) which will include a reimagined and redesigned Killam Research Fellowships which align with the mission, values, and vision of Dorothy J. Killam as set out in her Will. The redesign will be informed by the advice and recommendations of the National Killam Program Advisory Board (NK PAB).

As Canada’s largest federal research and development organization with a strong commitment to research excellence, the NRC is well positioned to work alongside the Killam Trusts and CCA to administer the National Killam Program in 2023 and thereafter. The NRC’s mandate is to support business innovation, advance scientific knowledge, and deliver science-based policy solutions for the government of Canada.

The NRC is committed to making a positive difference for its stakeholders and serving Canada with integrity, accountability, and openness. In support of the National Killam program, the NRC has developed a robust conflict of interest management procedure and internal governance framework to manage real or perceived conflict of interest. The NRC’s role is to administer and deliver the National Killam Program.  The NRC has no role in decision making regarding winners of the Killam Prize and Killam Research Fellowships. Clear policies, responsibilities and decision making authority have been implemented to ensure that the National Killam Program is administered and delivered by the NRC with integrity and transparency.

National Killam Program Advisory Board

NRC Signature (English First) - Black and red, Bilingual

The National Killam Program Office at the NRC is presently redesigning the Killam Research Fellowships in time for their launch in Spring 2022.

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  • November 15, 2021 – Inaugural Program Advisory Board announced for the National Killam Program.
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