Bloomberg Manulife Prize Application Information

The application period for the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize is now CLOSED.

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

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 contributed to understanding how factors such as physical activity, nutrition, fitness or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being, and whose work could have a positive impact on behavior and lifestyle choices. Some of the aforementioned key research outcomes should have taken place in the last five years.

Toronto-based investment manager Lawrence S. Bloomberg and corporate sponsor Manulife Financial founded the Prize in May 2011. Motivated by a strong common desire to improve our lifestyle choices, the founding partners joined forces to create an influential prize that had the power to bring real and lasting change to the way we live. To achieve this goal, they decided to recognize and support researchers who are already having a profound impact on the health and well being of their fellow citizens. In this context, McGill University, through the Desautels Faculty of Management and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics are the ideal organizations to serve as a home and administrator for the Bloomberg Manulife Prize.

The McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics brings together breakthrough research on biological, behavioral, social and health science foundations for the promotion of active health and physical activity. The goal is to promote health, physical activity and provide innovation solutions that improve the quality of life for those suffering from chronic ailments.


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

 

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates for the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health must hold an academic appointment at a North American university, and be actively conducting research in a campus or hospital setting.

 

Candidates must submit a complete application package before the established deadline of 12:00pm on September 30th, 2016. In addition to a resume, the package will include a brief statement outlining the applicant’s past and ongoing research and explaining how this research currently or potentially enhances physical activity, nutrition, fitness or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being, and whose work could have a positive impact on behaviour and lifestyle choices.

Past winners of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize are not eligible to re-apply.
 

CRITERIA

The successful candidate is expected to have demonstrated:

  • An outstanding and innovative research record evidenced by peer-reviewed scientific publications, patents or products and academic presentations
  • The translation of research findings and outcomes into initiatives or actions which have had, or have the potential to have, a positive impact on physical activity, nutrition, fitness or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being, and whose work could have a positive impact on behavior and lifestyle choices.

 

APPLYING FOR THE PRIZE

Applications for the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health will be accepted in August and September. 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 their research and its impact. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00pm on September 30th, 2016.

The applicant can be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. Each application should submit two PDF files:

1. A resume that preferable includes a publication list of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

2. A detailed impact statement (maximum 750 words) outlining the candidate’s research conducted within the past five years, indicating how it could enhance personal health and well-being, and the impact it could have on the prevention of illness, or the promotion of active health.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

A jury of highly respected experts from fields related to active health will review all Bloomberg Manulife Prize submissions during the fall. The winner will be announced in the month of November. 

 

RECOGNIZING THE WINNER

The recipient will be invited to participate in a series of moderated discussions in Toronto and at McGill University in Montreal. The recipient and their research will be further promoted through the Bloomberg Manulife website, eDigest and social media channels that exist to support the prize.

 

For more information, please email bloomberg-manulife [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: %5BBloomberg-Manulife%20Prize%5D%20)