Jonas Salk Award

With the release of the life saving polio vaccine in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk established a worldwide reputation as a scientist and a humanitarian.

The Jonas Salk Award is presented annually to a Canadian scientist, physician or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate or eliminate a physical disability.

The lifetime achievement award of $10,000.00, is presented annually by March of Dimes Canada. For many years it was jointly presented by Sanofi Pasteur (formerly known as Connaught Laboratories).

View past Jonas Salk award winners.​


To nominate a scientist, physician or researcher, please read eligibility criteria below:

Eligibility Criteria

Award nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Canada.
  • Have made a significant contribution to science or medicine.
  • Research conducted must have resulted in a significant advancement in scientific knowledge, prevention, treatment or cure of a physically disabling condition.
  • Research findings must have been published in peer reviewed journals.


The Jonas Salk Award Committee accepts applications each year beginning in late November until March 22nd of the following year. A shortlist of nominees will be made after this date and nominees and/or nominators may be asked for further information to support the nomination at that time. A final decision is made by May and the recipient and his/her nominator will be notified accordingly. 

Download the nomination form:

Jonas Salk Award Nomination Form (English) (PDF)Jonas Salk Award Nomination Form (english)
  Prix Jonas Salk Nomination Officielle (francais) (PDF) Prix Jonas Salk Nomination Officielle (francais)​​​​

The completed nomination form must be submitted by March 22nd to Candidates and their nominator will be contacted if they have been shortlisted for the award after this date. 

Please note that mailed submissions will not be accepted. All submissions become the property of March of Dimes Canada. Candidates must be available for some media exposure.

For more information, please contact:

Jonas Salk Awards Committee
c/o Manager Quality and Research
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON  M4H 1A4
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920



join our Annual Online Fundraising Campaign

Join our Mailing List

Join our Mailing list and receive our March of Dimes Dime Times Newsletter. Simply enter your name and email address after you click the button below to start receiving our newsletter


Imagine Canada Logo