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About the Bloomberg Manulife Prize

The Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, valued at $50,000 CAD, is offered each year by McGill University to an academic whose research has had, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on the health and well-being of North Americans (with research taking place within the last five years).

The Prize was founded in May 2011 by Toronto-based investment manager Lawrence S. Bloomberg and corporate sponsor Manulife Financial. Motivated by a strong common desire to improve our lifestyle choices, the founding partners joined forces to create an influential prize that will have the power to bring real and lasting change to the way we live.. To accomplish this goal, they decided to recognize and support the researchers who are already having a profound impact on the health and well-being of their fellow citizens.

In this context, McGill University and its Faculty of Education were the logical choices to serve as a home and administrator for the Bloomberg Manulife Prize.

Researchers across McGill, and especially in the Faculty of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, have a long tradition of groundbreaking work that promotes health and physical activity among people of all ages, as well as innovative research that is improving the quality of life for those suffering from chronic ailments.

The winning researcher will be making key contributions to our understanding of how factors such as physical activity, nutrition and psychosocial context influence lifestyle choices in society.

The recipient will receive the funding as a research grant to further enhance his or her work. Apply now >>

Applying for the prize

Applications for the 2015 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health will be accepted this spring. An applicant must meet the Prize’s eligibility requirements, and submissions will consist of several important components, including the applicant’s C.V. and a detailed description of his or her research and its impact. Learn more >>

Selection process

A jury of highly respected experts from fields related to active health will review all Bloomberg Manulife Prize submissions during the spring and summer. They will judge entries based on a specific set of criteria. The winner will be announced in the late summer or early fall.

Recognizing the winner

The recipient will be invited to participate in a series of moderated discussions in Toronto and at McGill University in Montreal. Learn more >>