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Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada's most valuable resource - its people.

Mitacs is looking to assist businesses act on their research needs by matching them with the academic expertise needed to reach their goal.

Through Mitacs-Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner.

  • Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.



  • Peer-reviewed: ensures high quality research
  • Industry-friendly: Mitacs and the university manage all administrative and financial   issues; intern is not a company employee
  • Increased innovation: gain novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Projects may be eligible for SR&ED tax credits, Mitacs provides matching funds to the  projects
  • Mitacs can help companies access university expertise

Scalable projects

  • Accelerate Standard: Scalable in 4-month internship units
  • The Mitacs-Accelerate internship program is scalable in its design. Projects can range from a single four-month internship unit to multiple units combined together to accom­modate larger projects.
  • Cost-shared model with Mitacs, through the support of federal and provincial govern­ment funding, matching the industry partner contribution dollar-for-dollar.
  • Each four-month internship unit can be stretched to a maximum of six months to allow for part-time participation.


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