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The 2020 Mitacs Awards Ceremony is going digital

Now in their 10th year, the Mitacs Awards have become one of Canada’s premier innovation celebrations. Join us to celebrate outstanding Mitacs program participants whose groundbreaking research is improving the lives of Canadians.

Tune in to:
•    Find out who won! 
•    Be inspired by the winners' incredible stories and life-changing research breakthroughs
•    Connect with Canada’s innovation community in the chat function

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 4–5 p.m. ET

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2020 Mitacs Awards PDF Agenda

 

Award Categories

Alejandro Adem Legacy Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous*

Given to an Indigenous student or postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during their Mitacs-funded research. Priority shall be given to someone who has made significant achievement in Indigenous innovation.
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — International

Given to a student or postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation through international collaboration during their Mitacs-funded Globalink or Accelerate International research.
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Master’s

Given to a master’s student who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during their Mitacs-funded research.

 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — PhD

Given to a PhD student who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during their Mitacs-funded research.

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Postdoctoral*

Given to a postdoctoral fellow who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during their Mitacs-funded research.

Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership — Professor*

Given to an academic supervisor with an exemplary record of developing collaborations with industry and other partners, providing valuable research and training experiences to their interns and initiating research projects with significant outcomes through their Mitacs funding.
 

Mitacs & NRC–IRAP Award for Commercialization*

Given to a student or postdoctoral fellow for an idea brought from research that is now available on the market (or has strong support that it is soon to be commercialized).

Eligibility

Past or present students, postdoctoral fellows, and academic supervisors who have participated in the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, or Globalink programs are eligible for nomination. For the selection criteria pertaining to each specific award, please refer to the list of Mitacs awards above.  

Award recipients will be notified in late October and announced publicly at an awards ceremony on November 24, 2020, in Ottawa. Recipients within Canada will be presented with their awards at the ceremony. Recipients not in attendance will be required to provide a one-minute acceptance video by November 4, 2020, which will be shown during the awards ceremony. We are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 carefully. Should an in-person event not be possible, a digital awards ceremony will take place instead. 

*These award categories are open to nominations for both college, polytechnic, and university participants from eligible programs.

Nomination process

Students and postdoctoral fellows may be nominated for a Mitacs Award in one of the following ways:

  • By the academic supervisor who supervised their work during the Mitacs-funded project; or
  • By the industry supervisor who supervised their work during the Mitacs-funded project (for Accelerate or Elevate program nominees).

Professors may be nominated for the Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership by:

  • The industrial partner;
  • The academic co-investigators; or,
  • The interns involved in the Mitacs-funded project on which they worked together.

It is expected that several individuals may contribute to the preparation of a nomination submission for an academic supervisor. In this case, one person should act as the lead in the process so that a single nomination is submitted on behalf of the professor.

Evaluation Procedure

An internal and external review committee will review all nominations and make recommendations for the best candidates for each award. Mitacs's CEO and Scientific Director will review the recommendations and make the final decisions.

The deadline for submitting nominations has passed.

For questions regarding nominations, please contact events(at)mitacs.ca.

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