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NMIN’s Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Program seeks to cultivate the next generation of nanomedicine scientists and entrepreneurs, and to train the skilled workforce required by the growing nanomedicines industry in Canada.

The program benefits from the input of the HQP Program Advisory Committee (HPAC).

The HQP Program is a top priority for the Network and will be the most immediately transformational program NMIN offers.

The Priority Areas and Strategic Goals of the NMIN HQP Program

Priority Area 1: Nanomedicine Research Skills and Experience

Strategic Goal 1: To equip trainees with core, cutting-edge research skills in world-class research environments (also addressed through the Research Program).

Priority Area 2: Intellectual Property (IP) Creation and Commercialization Skills and Experience

Strategic Goal 2: To familiarize trainees with key concepts and processes in IP creation, identification, protection, and commercialization.

Priority Area 3: Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills and Experience

Strategic Goal 3: To provide hands-on/experiential learning opportunities for the development of entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Priority Area 4: Communication and Knowledge Mobilization Skills and Experience

Strategic Goal 4: To prepare trainees to communicate their research effectively to diverse audiences and potential knowledge users, including the public, policymakers, and industry representatives.

Priority Area 5: Genetics, Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social (GE3LS) Issues Awareness and Understanding

Strategic Goal 5: To increase trainees’ awareness and understanding of GE3LS concepts.

NMIN HQP Network (NHN)

The NMIN HQP Network (NHN) is a student-led organization comprising NMIN research trainees and new professionals in all fields of nanomedicine-related research. The NHN fosters networking, knowledge exchange and professional skill development among Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)—students, trainees, research staff and young professionals—working in the field of nanomedicines.

Governance: The NHN is headed by an Executive Committee comprised of NMIN HQP who play a leadership role in the planning and realization of NMIN’s HQP programs, activities and other opportunities.

Membership eligibility: Trainees and new professionals working on NMIN-funded research projects automatically become NMIN HQP and NHN members. Trainees and new professionals not directly involved in NMIN research, but training or working in the field of nanomedicine research, may apply to join the NHN. Applicants must be working in Canada and be affiliated with a Canadian institution.

Benefits of membership include the eligibility to apply for a range of capacity-building opportunities, including:

For details, download the NMIN HQP Program Overview and/or contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at:

Total current NMIN HQP

NMIN HQP by level

NMIN HQP by sex

Advanced Training Certification (ATC)

NMIN Advanced Training Certification (ATC) recognizes an individual’s engagement in diverse capacity-building activities organized by NMIN, its partners, and/or other recognized organizations, where the learning involved goes “above and beyond” the training typically provided in an academic program and supports the formation of a well-rounded professional.

As a qualification listed on your CV, NMIN ATC provides a competitive advantage by formally recognizing national-level network experience as well as training and experiential learning across a broad range of professional and interpersonal skills.

There are currently three levels of NMIN ATC: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

All NMIN Trainees/HQP (including undergraduate students, research support staff and NMIN HQP Network members) are eligible to complete the program and receive NMIN ATC.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on NMIN-funded research are expected to work towards NMIN ATC.

If you are uncertain about your status, contact

CREDITS: Participants must complete at least 20 credits to receive the NMIN ATC.

Every activity eligible for recognition within the ATC is given a credit value. As HQP complete each activity, they earn the corresponding number of credits. See the ATC Credits Overview.

Certification is available at three levels, according to the number of credits accumulated:

  1. ATC Level I: Silver (20 credits)
  2. ATC Level II: Gold (20 additional credits)
  3. ATC Level III: Platinum (10 additional credits, with trainees earning credits in all five of the priority areas across all 50 accrued credits)

RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES: Most activities organized by NMIN and/or its HQP Program partners will have an assigned credit value. See the ATC Credits Overview.

Credits may be awarded for non-NMIN/non-partner events and programming if these are: 1) aligned with NMIN’s HQP Program Priority Areas; and 2) delivered by a reputable source able to provide organizational confirmation of program/activity completion.

Requests for non-NMIN/non-partner credit recognition towards NMIN ATC must be made in writing to the NMIN Administrative Centre ( See the instructions for making such requests.

A maximum of 25% of ATC credits (i.e., 5 credits) may be accumulated from non-NMIN/non-partner sources.

RANGE OF TOPICS: Participants must ensure that the activities they complete for credit toward the ATC span the five Priority Areas of the NMIN Strategic HQP Program (detailed in the HQP Program description):

1. Nanomedicine Research

2. Intellectual Property (IP) Creation & Commercialization

3. Entrepreneurial and Leadership

4. Communication and Knowledge Mobilization

5. Genetics, Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal & Social (GE3LS) Issues

REGISTRATION: There is no application/registration process for ATC. All NMIN HQP (trainees and research staff working on NMIN projects and other members of the NHN) are automatically included in the program. If you are uncertain about your status, contact

TRACKING ACTIVITY/CREDITS: The NMIN Administrative Centre will track completion of eligible activities for certification (see Requirements for certification, above, for details).

Participation in any NMIN activity, or in any NMIN partner group activity, will automatically be tracked and recorded. Other activities may be accredited upon written request.

HQP can check in at any time with the HQP & Events Coordinator ( to ascertain the number of credits they have accumulated and/or to ensure all their activities have been accurately captured.

COMPLETION/CERTIFICATION: When a participant completes the required number of credits (20) across the span of NMIN’s five HQP Program Priority Areas, an NMIN ATC certificate will be issued. Credits for ATC can be earned until the end of NMIN’s NCE tenure (31 March 2025).

Silver level

  • Dr. Noorjahan Aibani, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan (November 2021)
  • Dr. Kent Chen, Technology Development Scientist, Genevant Sciences (November 2021)
  • Dr. Miffy Cheng, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia (November 2021)
  • Ka-Yee Grace Choi, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia (June 2021)
  • Nancy Dos Santos, Research Associate, BC Cancer (June 2021)
  • Dr. Michael Dunne, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (November 2021)
  • Presley MacMillan, PhD candidate, University of Toronto (November 2021)
  • Quinn Matthews, Master’s candidate, University of Toronto (November 2021)
  • Yulin Mo, PhD candidate, University of Toronto (November 2021)
  • Mark Pereira, Research Associate, University of Toronto (June 2021)
  • Sams Sadat, PhD candidate, University of Alberta (June 2021)
  • Liza Silverman, PhD candidate, University of Victoria (June 2021)
  • Sarah Thomson, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia (November 2021)
  • Wesley Walker, MSc. student University of Toronto (June 2021)
  • Dominik Witzigmann, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia (June 2021)
  • Lin-Hua Zhang, Research Associate, University of British Columbia (June 2021)
  • Jennyfer Zapata-Farfan, PhD candidate, Polytechnique Montreal (June 2021).

For details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

ATC Recipients

For details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

NanoMedicines Translated

NMIN’s NanoMedicines Translated Program engages NMIN HQP in a hands-on learning process, under the guidance of  communications/knowledge mobilization professional Sylviane Duval, to produce clear-language summaries of their NMIN-supported, peer-reviewed research publications.

These summaries provide, in accessible language, information on:

  • What the published research is about;
  • What the researchers did in the study;
  • What the researchers found; and
  • How the research results can be used.

Participants in the program not only produce a communications tool by which to disseminate their research to the broader public, but also acquire broadly applicable knowledge translation and science communication skills.

Program Outline  |  Application Form

NMIN HQP who have co-authored a peer-review publication based on NMIN-funded research and who are currently working with an NMIN investigator are eligible to participate. NMIN HQP not working on NMIN-funded research can also participate in the program (up to a maximum of five such HQP per year).

If you are uncertain about your status, contact

The NanoMedicines Translated program aims to make NMIN-supported research findings more accessible to a broad audience; to highlight novel, high-impact findings to specific audiences for whom these results may be particularly useful; and to hone the knowledge translation and plain-language writing skills of NMIN HQP.

NMIN’s NanoMedicines Translated Program is facilitated by the seasoned Knowledge Transfer Professional Sylviane Duval. Sylviane is the founder of OpenTheBox consultancy, which focuses on knowledge transfer, research navigation, and business/soft-skills and science communications training for scientists. She is also co-founder of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and a member of Evidence for Democracy’s Network of Experts. She has served on national and international boards supporting the ethical and accessible communication of science (including Plain Language International); on a national advisory committee promoting the protection of intellectual property; and as Vice-President of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada.

“The language of the academy and that of the street are completely different. Over many years, it’s been my great pleasure to help scientists bridge the gap so they can gain public support for their work and, most of all, translate results into usable tools and knowledge that benefit society,” says Sylviane.

“Together, we’ll take your publication, boil it down to the nitty-gritties then build the key messages back up in plain language. You will experience a huge sense of satisfaction knowing that, because people can understand and relate to your work, A) they’ll be more likely to fund you, and B) they can tell others about it. More directly, you’ll learn new ways of thinking about what you write and how to express yourself. You can apply both in just about every facet of your life.”

NMIN HQP whose papers are selected for the NanoMedicines Translated Program will:

  • learn clear-language writing, science communication and knowledge mobilization principles under the guidance of a seasoned professional;
  • receive $500 upon successful completion of their lay summary; and
  • have their clear-language research summaries published on the NMIN website and disseminated to a variety of audiences.
  • For details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at


    HQP: Funding & Training Awards

    NMIN Doctoral & Master’s-level Graduate Awards

    2022 Competition

    Five Doctoral awards are available providing a stipend of $30,000 a year for up to two years; and seven Master’s awards are available providing a stipend of $17,500 for one year.

    The goal of NMIN Graduate Awards is to enable exceptional doctoral and master’s students to pursue nanomedicine academic research training with Canadian experts. The awards are intended to develop nanomedicines academic research expertise across Canada. The quality of the applicant, research project, and training opportunity are the principal criteria on which applications will be judged.

    Eligible academic foci include Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and Proof-of-Principle (PoP) nanomedicine projects aligned with NMIN’s mission and vision (i.e., gene therapies, targeted drug delivery, and diagnostics, or the Cores/Platforms [NanoCore, PharmaCore, eHTA]).

    Applicants must be full-time graduate students in good academic standing pursing a PhD or master’s degree at a Canadian university or Canadian partner institution, and must be supervised by an NMIN Investigator and/or an NMIN committee member with an academic appointment at a Canadian university or research institute eligible to hold Tri-Council funds. See the competition guide for full eligibility requirements.

    The application deadline for this opportunity has closed.


    Graduate Awards Granted

    NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Gene Therapy

    2021 Competition

    One award, providing a stipend of $40,000 a year for a maximum of two years, is available in the area of Gene Therapy.

    The goal of the NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award is to enable exceptional postdoctoral fellows (PDF) to pursue nanomedicine academic research training with Canadian experts. The quality of the research project and training opportunity is the principal criterion on which applications will be judged.

    Eligible academic foci include Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and Proof-of-Principle (PoP) nanomedicine projects. Preference will be given to projects jointly funded by industry partners, or projects that exhibit a high potential for commercialization.

    The application deadline for this opportunity has closed.


    Postdoctoral Awards Granted

    NMIN-Mitacs Internships & Fellowships

    Open, ongoing call for proposals partnering NMIN HQP with companies or not-for-profit organizations for nanomedicine-related research projects.

    NMIN-Mitacs Internships & Fellowships enable opportunities for NMIN HQP who wish to work with non-academic partner organizations on research projects that involve nanomedicines. Through partnership with Mitacs, 430 internship/fellowship units (valued at approximately $6.5 Million) have been made available for NMIN HQP.


    1. Interested NMIN HQP: Complete a draft application for an internship or a fellowship and send it to the Mitacs Business Development Representative (MBDR) for your institution prior to obtaining all signatures and submitting. Inform NMIN of your intention to apply.
    2. If you plan to work with a not-for-profit partner, seek partner and project eligibility approval from an MBDR before applying.
    3. Send your completed application package (application form, CVs as required, budget, other supplementary material as applicable), with all the required signatures, to BOTH of the following emails:
  • Mitacs: MBDR (be sure to indicate that you are an NMIN trainee)
  • NMIN:
  • NOTE: Follow closely the instructions given for the general Accelerate (for internships) or Elevate (for fellowships) program, and use the corresponding application package.

    For more information, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at


    NMIN/Mitacs Internships Awarded

    NMIN Travel Awards

    NMIN Travel Awards are available to NMIN Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) to support their attendance of and participation in non-NMIN events aligned with NMIN’s mission and scope of research.

    NMIN will fund 50% of total eligible expenses associated with attending an approved event, up to a maximum of $1,000/application for events in Canada, and $1,500/application for international events.

    1. Applications will be accepted from NMIN trainees, research staff, and members of the NMIN HQP Network (NHN) on a first come, first served basis.
    2. Completed application forms must be received a minimum of four weeks prior to travel.
    3. The event for which the travel award is intended must be aligned with NMIN’s mission and scope of research, and must provide opportunities for networking, research collaboration, knowledge exchange, new skill development, entrepreneurship and commercialization skills, and/or learning.

    Application Guidelines | Application Form

    Questions? Contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

    NMIN Undergraduate Studentships in NanoMedicines Research

    The NMIN Undergraduate Studentships in NanoMedicines Research program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to advance their careers and enhance their employability through hands-on nanomedicine-related research experience with NMIN investigators.

    The program aims to:

    • strengthen students’ ability to develop innovative nanomedicines and related technologies;
    • promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Network; and
    • foster interest in nanomedicines research, enable undergraduate students to join the Network, and to motivate them to continue to pursue studies in nanomedicine sciences at the graduate level and in their future careers.

    The application deadline for this opportunity has closed.

    2021 Competition is now closed

    The 2021 Call for Proposals from Members of Groups Underrepresented in Nanomedicine Research closed on 19 May 2021.

    2022 Competition Call

    Call for Proposals

    NMIN invites outstanding students and their Supervisors to apply to this Call for Proposals.

    Nine awards of $1,500 a month for up to four months are available: six (6) of the awards are for groups underrepresented in nanomedicine research, and three (3) are open awards.

    Please refer to the Application Guidelines for details regarding eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and the application process and timeline.

    Application deadline: 28 February 2022

    Application Guidelines | Application Form

    For more information, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at


    Studentships Awarded


    HQP: Capacity-Building Events




    HQP Research Presentation Series

    The HQP Research Presentation Series gives NMIN HQP the opportunity to collaboratively develop their poster presentation skills, deliver a presentation in a supportive environment, and to receive constructive feedback from qualified professionals.

    The activity – participants will:

    • join a team of four colleagues to help each other improve their presentations in a peer-mentoring meeting;
    • present their posters during a monthly online Poster Presentation session; and
    • receive formative feedback from NMIN researchers, committee members and staff.

    The benefits – participants who present a poster will:

    • be eligible for an NMIN HQP Research Presentation Travel Award of up to $400 to attend an in-person conference to present their research;
    • earn 4 credits towards NMIN Advanced Training Certification (ATC);
    • strengthen their presentation, peer-mentoring and formative feedback skills; and
    • network and build community with other NMIN participants.

    All NMIN HQP (including undergraduate and graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows, research support staff and other NMIN HQP Network members) are eligible and encouraged to participate in the HQP Research Presentation Series.

    If you are uncertain about your status, contact

    HQP may present in the series only once in a 12-month period.

    APPLICATION: Apply to participate in the HQP Research Presentation Series by submitting an abstract to the NMIN Administrative Centre (

    Applicants will be assigned to an HQP Team (with three other HQP), and the Team will be scheduled to present at an up-coming monthly Poster Presentation session.

    NOTE: You may present only once in the series within a 12-month period. If you wish to participate again during a subsequent 12-month period, you must submit: a significantly updated or new abstract; and an outline of how the formative feedback from your previous presentation will be integrated into your next.

    PEER MENTORING: The four members of an HQP Team will meet for at least one two-hour peer-mentoring session in advance of the group’s Research Presentation session. Team members will present their posters and provide each other formative feedback. These sessions will be chaired by Leah Graystone, NMIN’s HQP and Events Coordinator.

    POSTER SUBMISSION: Team members will submit their posters, incorporating improvements from the peer-mentoring process, to NMIN at least one week before their scheduled Poster Presentation session. Their posters will be posted on the NMIN website for review by, and online feedback from, the larger Network.

    POSTER PRESENTATION: Team members will present their posters in a one-hour online session hosted by NMIN, with one HQP Team (four HQP) presenting per session. Each Team member will present for 10 minutes, with five minutes for Q&A.

    TRAVEL SUPPORT: After completing a Research Presentation, participants will be eligible for an NMIN HQP Poster Presentation Travel Award of up to $400 to attend an in-person conference to present their research. For more information, contact:

    Research presentation sessions are planned for the following dates:

  • August 25, 2022 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET
  • September 29, 2022 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET
  • October 27, 2022 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET
  • November 24, 2022 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET
  • Descriptions of upcoming sessions can be found here.

    If you are interested in presenting on any of these dates contact:

    Confidential Information (IP Disclosure):

    Abstracts, posters, and presentations may be published on NMIN’s website and should not unduly disclose intellectual property (IP).

    PIs and Supervisors should review HQP abstracts, posters, and presentation scripts/slides prior to submission to ensure that no IP is unduly disclosed.

    PIs, Investigators, and HQP should refer to the NCE Network Agreement; specifically, Section 3.2 regarding disclosures, and Sections 6, 7, 8 regarding IP, Commercialization and Revenue Sharing.

    Questions or concerns around IP and/or requests for assistance with IP and the commercialization of NMIN-funded research can be directed to Diana Royce, Executive Director,, or April O’Connell, Manager, Research and Partnerships,


    Publications arising from NMIN’s investments (in whole or in part) must acknowledge NMIN as a supporting organization. The required NMIN attribution statements can be found here on NMIN’s website.

    For details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

    Additional capacity-building and networking events to benefit NMIN HQP are being planned.

    For more details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

    NMIN’s HQP Program was launched in stages throughout 2020.

    For more details, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at