In order to be eligible, at least one member of the team must have a McGill University affiliation, meaning any of the following:

  • enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at McGill University;
  • staff, faculty or postdoctoral primary or joint, (not cross, adjunct or affiliate) position at McGill University;
  • McGill University Alumni.

All team compositions: unidisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional teams are welcomed and encouraged, as are teams that include learners or graduates. Teams may also include members from other McGill Faculties and other institutions outside of the University.

    Previous McGill CLIC applicants and finalists are encouraged to apply. Previous McGill CLIC winners are also welcome to apply if they would like to submit a new proposal; note that you may not resubmit a proposal that has previously won a CLIC prize, so if there is overlap between your concepts, please include a paragraph in your proposal to explain the differences.

    Winners from other McGill-affiliated competitions, such as the Dobson Cup, are welcome to apply.

    Established companies with sales revenue that have been in existence for five years or more are ineligible.


    The CLIC opens on January 2024 to accept proposals, with the final deadline set for April 2, 2024.

    The timeline for the 2023-24 academic year is as follows:

    McGill CLIC launch:                                                                                                                

    January 2024

    Submission deadline to fill in the online application form:


    April 2, 2024
    (11:59 pm, EDT)

    Project screening and preliminary judging:                                                                      

    April 2 - April 19, 2024

    Selection of finalists for the Hakim Family Innovation Prize, the Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize and the Bereskin & Parr Innovation Prize

    April 28, 2024

    CLIC live pitch competition and judging event 


    May 16, 2024
    4:30 to 7:30 pm EDT

    Please direct all questions to innovation.med [at] mcgill.ca.

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