Early Career Investigator Award

Early Career Investigator Award

The objective of the Early Career Investigator Award is to recognize the research achievements of a Canadian microscopist within the early stages of his/her career as a Principal Investigator.


Eligibility: PI within 10 years of starting first academic appointment as a full-time faculty member, with a record of participation in the MSC/SMC


Evaluation Criteria: Evidence of outstanding research achievements and impact in the Canadian microscopy research community including, but not limited to, publications, citations, awards, potential for international impact, invited research talks, IP & technology development, based on the candidate’s curriculum vitae, candidate statement, 2-3 letters of support from arms-length referees and nominator statement.


Frequency: Every 2 years, awarded in alternate years from the Technologist Award


Recipient will receive: $2500 from the MSC/SMC + certificate + travel expenses for annual meeting to receive award


Nomination Process:

  1. Nominations will be solicited by email sent to all current MSC/SMC members. The nominators will be asked to submit a short supporting statement (~250 words) explaining why they feel the candidate should receive the award. Nominations will be submitted through the MSC/SMC website. The nominations process will be open for 4 weeks.
  2. Nominated candidates will be reviewed to confirm they meet the eligibility criteria, and contacted to determine if they accept the nomination. The nominator will provide through the MSC/SMC website:
    • A nomination letter introducing the candidate and explaining his/her achievements to make them deserve this award (2 pages maximum).
    • A copy of their curriculum vitae.
    • 2-3 letters of support from established experts in their field at arms-length.

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