MNT Award

The MNT Award supports custom microfabrication projects at open-access facilities accross Canada.

MNT Award

80% of the fabrication costs
upto a maximum amount of $4,000

Travel Subsidy

costs for travel, accommodation, and meals up to $1,500 (for travel >100 km to the facility)

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at a Canadian University and registered with CMC (including all members listed on the application).
  2. The applicant’s faculty supervisor must hold a subscription at the time of the award.
    One may apply for an award prior to subscription.
  3. Has no outstanding fabrication or test reports with CMC.

Key Dates

Applications are reviewed monthly.

  • Submission Deadline: 10th of the month by 4:00 pm ET. Exception: one week earlier in December.
  • Notification of Decision: End of the month.
  • Duration: 4 months from the date of notification for the MNT Award.
  • Fabrication Report Deadline: Within 3 months after completing fabrication/training

Award Process

diagram of award process steps. apply and receive notification in 3 weeks, 4 months to complete project, 3 months to submit report, 3 weeks to recieve payment
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Selection Criteria

MNT Award facilitates custom microfabrication and travel to non-local facilities. This is a competitive program and applications are peer-reviewed against CMC’s Effectiveness Criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact MNT@cmc.ca

Award Information

  • Eligible costs: costs for mask fabrication, user access, and machine usage; reasonable costs for consumables associated with the project and invoiced by the lab.
  • Ineligible costs: accessories (e.g. tweezers, sample holders), consumable materials (e.g. wafers, chemicals) not invoiced by the MNT lab (e.g., from third-party vendors).
  • Those who hold NSERC Engage/ Alliance grants are eligible for an automatic award with a letter of support and documentation from the industry research partner.
  • The award is only for microfabrication conducted by the applicant team at user-access facilities at Canadian universities (see map below). 
  • Travel Subsidy, refer to CMC travel procedures for details and eligible expenses.
    Contact finance@cmc.ca for a travel expense claim form.
  • The award is non-transferable and must be used only by the awardee and for the project proposed in the application. Ensure you have submitted any outstanding fabrication or test reports.
  • Acknowledge CMC in any related publications.
  • Refer to process flow as an example for completing the MNT application
  • Award funds will be paid by a cheque to the subscriber. For details refer award payment details.
  • Expanded coverage and scope to non-traditional branches and fields, example in nanomaterials, nanomedicine and biomaterials.

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