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The 2021 Mitacs Awards nominations are now open

The Mitacs Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of students and professors who have participated in Mitacs programs. Help us honour researchers whose ground-breaking work is advancing innovation and improving the lives of Canadians by submitting a nomination now!  

Nominations must be submitted online using the link found below.

The nomination deadline is Monday, September 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Nominate an intern or fellow

Nominate an academic supervisor

Award categories

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 project. Priority shall be given to candidates whose achievements significantly impact or support Indigenous communities and/or populations. 
 

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — International

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

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Master’s

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

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — PhD

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

Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Postdoctoral*

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

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, Globalink, or Business Strategy Internship programs are eligible for nomination. For the selection criteria pertaining to each specific award, please refer to the list of Mitacs Awards above.

Indigenous students or postdoctoral fellows who are nominated under the “Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Indigenous” category will be asked to provide a letter of support from a community member or from an Indigenous organization which speaks to the impacts of the nominees’ achievements.

Award recipients will be notified in October and announced publicly at an awards ceremony on November 23, 2021. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the ceremony.

*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, or Business Strategy Internship program nominees). 

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

  • The industrial or not-for-profit 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 nomination deadline is Monday, September 27, 2021, at 12:00  p.m. ET.

Nominate an intern or fellow

Nominate an academic supervisor

For questions regarding nominations, please contact events@mitacs.ca.

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