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External Award: Science, Action!

November 27, 2018

NSERC’s Science, Action! video contest is offering 15 cash prizes for short videos that tell a simple story about fascinating science.

Shoot a 60 second video featuring a research project that is currently receiving funding from NSERC and write a 100-word biography telling a bit about yourself. Create a video on your own or submit as a team. Entries can be live action or animated.

Your audience? Anyone from ages 7 to 77! The 15 videos that tell the best stories will receive a cash prize and be featured as part of museum exhibits, science fairs and during Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week. This is your chance to connect with thousands of Canadians and show them why research matters. You’ve got one minute to win a cash prize. Grab a camera, tell your story and show your science!


  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) “Science, Action!” video contest (the “Contest”) is open to residents of Canada who at the time of entry are (i) students (undergraduate or graduate) enrolled at an NSERC-eligible Canadian postsecondary institution and (ii) eighteen (18) years of age or older (the “Contestants” or “Contestant”). The Contest is not open to postdoctoral fellows.
  • Employees of NSERC, including their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) are not eligible. For purposes of the Contest, immediate family members are defined as spouse, domestic partner, parents, legal guardians, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren.

Contest period and entry

To be eligible for the Contest, Contestants must agree to the “Consent and agreement,” complete the Science, Action! Secure Upload and electronically submit their entry by way of the Contest Entry Portal by January 18, 2019, at 4:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (the “Closing Date”). It is the sole responsibility of each Contestant to ensure all required materials are received by NSERC by the Closing Date.

Video criteria

  1. A Contestant must submit (i) a video featuring a research project or initiative funded by NSERC and carried out at the institution at which the Contestant is enrolled at the time of entry and (ii) a written Contestant biography (the “Submission”).
  2. Submission must not exceed sixty (60) seconds in length for the video component, one hundred (100) words for written Contestant biography, and 99 megabytes (all electronic files, including audio/video).
  3. Submissions may be produced by an individual or a team. Submissions produced by a team must identify one member who will submit the entry under their name and act as point of contact for all matters related to the Contest.
  4. Submissions must be submitted as an .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, or WebMfile via the NSERC Video Secure Upload. Links to websites, public or private, will not be accepted. A submission must be respectful and courteous and be in English or French.
  5. Only one entry per person or team is permitted.
  6. NSERC will not accept Submissions that are offensive to an individual or an organization, rude in tone or abusive. NSERC reserves the right to refuse, edit or remove any of the following:
    • racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting, or life-threatening content;
    • serious, unproven, unsupported, or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations;
    • abusive, aggressive, coarse, explicit, vulgar, violent, obscene or pornographic content;
    • content that encourages or suggests illegal activity;
    • announcements, solicitations, advertisements, or endorsements of any organizations or corporations;
    • attempts to defame or defraud any individual, group or agency; or
    • unintelligible or irrelevant content.
  7. If the quantity of submissions received is too large, an initial selection will be made by NSERC to determine which submissions will proceed to public voting to a maximum of seventy-five (75). Decisions will be based on technical quality and effectiveness of communicating the intent and benefit(s) of the chosen research subject.


  • Contestants are eligible to win one of fifteen (15) cash prizes worth up to $3,500. The Final Fifteen most popular submissions as decided by public voting will be considered the Finalists.
  • From among the 15 Finalists, six (6) entries will be selected as final winners (“Final Winners”) by a panel of judges. Three Final Winners will be selected in English and three will be selected in French.
  • One (1) special prize worth $3,000 is offered in addition to the 15 cash prizes awarded to Finalists. The theme of this year’s prize is “Research in the North”. Videos that feature research with a strong connection to Canada’s North will be automatically considered. The winning video will be selected by members of the judge’s panel.

For more information, visit the Science, Action! website.

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