CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research: Terms of Reference


Description of awards

Each award includes:

Who is eligible?

How to participate

Winners will be asked to provide, in the official language of their choice, a short description of any images, including any charts and graphs, appearing in their Prize winning papers. This text provides alternative information for an image if a user cannot view it online (e.g., because of a slow connection, or if the user uses a screen reader) and is a required feature of all Government of Canada Web publications.

Conflict of interest

CRTC employees are not eligible for the program. However, former CRTC employees (casual, term, and indeterminate) are eligible for the Prize as long as their contract with the CRTC ended one year prior to the submission deadline.

Selection committee

Selection criteria

Research projects selected by the committee must comply with the following criteria:

  1. Engagement in the communications/information/media studies fields and the public interest:
    • Research makes a clear and direct contribution to communications and information policy studies
    • Interdisciplinary work will be readily accepted, but must be linked to communications, information, and/or media studies in terms of the theoretical and/or methodological framework
  2. Detailed, original approach:
    • Stimulating argument and analysis that brings new perspective to the subject addressed
    • The research engages and/or challenges existing streams or scholarly debate in the field
  3. Contribution to communications/information/media policy studies:
    • Research presents clear links to existing research and topics covered
    • Arguments and evidence from the work are applicable to and/or challenges other communications scholars in a variety of contexts
    • The author makes exciting connections across fields of research and analysis
  4. Potential opportunities for other research projects and relevance:
    • The work signals the author’s potential to make a significant contribution to communications, information, and/or media studies in Canada
    • The article opens the door to more in-depth examination of certain subjects or to the development of full research projects on related subjects
    • Theoretical or methodological strategies offer new approaches to research in communications, information, and/or media studies
  5. Maturity and sophistication of the argument:
    • The readability of the work in terms of writing style
    • The analysis is clear and does not compromise theoretical complexity.
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