2020 Mitacs Awards: Call for Nominations

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Mitacs Awards Nominations

The Mitacs Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of students and professors who have participated in the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, and Globalink programs.

Help us honour researchers whose groundbreaking work is advancing innovation and improving the lives of Canadians by submitting a nomination now! 

The call for nominations opens August 19 and closes September 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. PT. Nominations must be submitted online using the links found below.


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.

Nominate an intern or fellow

Nominate an academic supervisor

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