NMIN

TRAINING

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, contact Leah Graystone, HQP and Events Coordinator, at

leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

0
Total current NMIN HQP

Current HQP by level

By gender

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 conventionally 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.

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 leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

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.

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 (leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca). 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 leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

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 (leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca) 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).

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

leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

0
ATC Recipients

NanoMedicines Translated

NMIN’s NanoMedicines Translated Program engages NMIN HQP in a hands-on learning process 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 knowledge translation 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.

If you are uncertain about your status, contact leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

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

  • learn clear-language writing principles;
  • 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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

    NMIN

    HQP: Funding & Training Awards

    NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Nanomedicines Diagnostics

    2021 Competition

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

    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.

    Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

    Three awards, each providing a stipend of $40,000 a year for a maximum of two years, are available in the following areas:

    1) Targeted Drug Delivery, 2) Gene Therapy, and 3) Diagnostics

    The 2020 application deadline has now passed.

    This year’s competition is now closed.

    NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

    2020 Competition

    The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards.

    Dr. Noorjahan Aibani has been awarded the NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Targeted Drug Delivery for her project Lipidic nanoparticle formulation of a triple adjuvant for intranasal vaccines for pertussis, which she will pursue under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Wasan at the University of Saskatchewan.

    Dr. Jayesh Kulkarni has been awarded the NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Gene Therapy for his project Design of lipid nanoparticles for gene therapy, which he will undertake at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Drs Christian Kastrup and Pieter Cullis.

    NMIN congratulates its inaugural Postdoctoral Fellows.

    Three awards, each providing a stipend of $40,000 a year for a maximum of two years, are available in the following areas:

    1) Targeted Drug Delivery, 2) Gene Therapy, and 3) Diagnostics

    The 2020 application deadline has now passed.

    This year’s competition is now closed.

    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.

    FAQs

    TO APPLY:

    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:

    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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

    NMIN Undergraduate Studentships in NanoMedicines Research

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

    The program aims to foster interest in nanomedicines research among undergraduate researchers and to motivate them to continue in a related field of study at the graduate level and in their future careers.


    2021 Competition Call

    Exclusively for Underrepresented Groups

    The 2021 Competition Call aims to:

    • increase diversity among undergraduate researchers working in nanomedicine-related fields;
    • offer members of underrepresented groups novel opportunities in these fields; and
    • help decrease systemic barriers confronting underrepresented individuals wishing to pursue a career in nanomedicines.

    Six awards of $1,500 a month for up to three months are available targeting the following groups:

    1. Women;
    2. Indigenous peoples;
    3. People with disabilities;
    4. Visible minority/racialized groups;
    5. Members of the LGBTQ2+ community; and
    6. Other underrepresented groups.

    Application deadline: 19 May 2021

    Application Guidelines | Application Form

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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

    NMIN

    HQP: Capacity-Building Events

    Up-coming

    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 leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

    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 (leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca).

    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.

    FORMATIVE FEEDBACK: During the Research Presentation session, qualified NMIN participants (researchers, HQP Program Advisory Committee members, the NMIN HQP Network Executive Committee President, and Administrative Centre Staff) will provide formative feedback, which will be compiled and provided in writing to HQP after the session.

    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: leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

    Research presentation sessions are planned for the following dates:

    April 29, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 pm PT/3:30-4:30 pm ET

    May 27, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 pm PT/3:30-4:30 pm ET

    July 29, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 pm PT/3:30-4:30 pm ET

    If you are interested in presenting on any of these dates contact: leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca.

    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, dianaroyce@nanomedicines.ca, or April O’Connell, Manager, Research and Partnerships, apriloconnell@nanomedicines.ca.

    Attribution:

    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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

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

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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca

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

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

    leahgraystone@nanomedicines.ca