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Future Materials Innovators Program

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Program Overview

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 4, 2023.

Notice of Intent is due February 1, 2023.  Proposals are due February 28, 2023.

Decisions will be made by mid-March.

Students must begin work on May 1, 2023. Will have one year to complete the project.

Students must present progress updates in early September, 2023.

Student groups will present research outcomes in BIMR seminar program in spring of 2024, prior to next round of competition.

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)

3 winning projects will be awarded grants of up to $5,000 are 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 1, 2023.
  4. Download our Application Form here: BIMR Future Materials Innovators Program Application. Fill it out and sent it to by February 28, 2023.
  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 March 2023!

2022 BIMR Future Materials Innovators Program Recipients

We were pleased to receive great applications for our inaugural edition of this program. Graduate students collaborating from various departments, with great innovative ideas! Our reviewing committee reviewed all proposals and ranked them based on overall quality, feasibility of the work, collaborative aspect, and quality of the video pitch.

We are delighted to announce the 3 selected projects for the 2022-2023 Program and share their video pitch, in no particular order.

Please join us in congratulating the 3 winning teams. We cannot wait to support them as they work on their innovative ideas. They will be sharing the results of their research as part of our seminar program next spring.

Group photo: Billy Deng, Alex Ly, Dusan Srdic, Kevin Vaughan

“Single-walled Carbon Nanotube-doped Hydrogel Waveguides”, by Billy Deng, Alex Ly, Dusan Srdic and Kevin Vaughan

Group photo Rik Chuiko, Joseph Maggisano

“Building a Machine Learning (ML) Model for Designing BBB Crossing Oligonucleotide Drugs”, by Joseph Maggisano and Rik Chuiko

Group photo from left to right: Kyla Sask, Kathryn Grandfield, Alessandra Merlo, Shariful Shakib, Cecile Fradin

“Using correlative light and electron microscopy to investigate the influence of genetic modifications on the quantity and quality of magnetite crystals synthesized by magnetotactic bacteria”, by Shariful Sakib and Alessandra Merlo