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Future Materials Innovators Program

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Program Overview

Graduate students: Do you have an original research idea you wish you could pursue? Want to develop a collaboration with grad students in other groups? Ever wonder what’s involved in applying for a grant? This program is for you!

Why should you apply?

Wondering why you should apply to this program? Hear directly from our 2022 Future Materials Innovators Students and their supervisors.

Program Details

Call for proposals goes out January 10, 2024.

Notice of Intent is due February 2, 2024.  Proposals are due March 15, 2024.

Decisions will be made by early April.

Students must begin work on May 1, 2024. Will have one year to complete the project.

Students will present progress updates in the Fall 2024.

Student groups will present research outcomes in BIMR seminar program in spring of 2025, prior to next round of competition.

This program is open to graduate students only.

Must include collaboration between at least 2 different research groups. Preference for collaboration between different departments/faculties, but 2 different research groups within the same department will be accepted.

Must be a topic relevant to Materials Research.

Projects must be new (existing collaborative projects are not eligible)

Winning projects will be awarded grants of up to $5,000 available to fund graduate student ideas.

Winning proposals will additionally receive a $1,000 scholarship for the principal applicants.

Funds can be used for materials, supplies, consumables, instrument time.

Any unspent funds at the end of 1 year will be recovered by BIMR unless project extension is granted (students can request extension of up to 6 months).

  1. Have an idea
  2. Find your collaborators.
  3. Download our Notice of Intent form here: BIMR Future Materials Innovators Program NOI. Send the completed document to by February 2, 2024.
  4. Download our Application Form here: BIMR Future Materials Innovators Program Application. Fill it out and sent it to by March 15, 2024.
  5. Do not forget to include a link to your video pitch in the application form! Videos to be uploaded on
  6. Winning projects will be announced in April 2024!

Previous years program recipients

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