Our strategy

Innovation through human capital collaboration

Mitacs supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital.

In particular, Mitacs:

  • Helps companies identify their innovation needs and matches them with academic expertise;
  • Fosters cutting edge research tied to commercial outcomes;
  • Builds international research networks, creating innovation leaders in Canada and abroad; and,
  • Provides professional and entrepreneurship skills training for graduate students, so they have the tools to meet emerging innovation needs.


The Mitacs Human Capital Strategy

The Mitacs strategy is designed to address all facets of human capital development:

  • Recruitment:  Increase students in innovation-supporting academic programs;
  • Networking:  Create global innovation knowledge networks with Canada a key player;
  • Development:  Complement academic training to include professional and business skills, internships, and other strategies; and
  • Deployment:  Ensure avenues for graduates to apply their skills in the economy.


Mitacs Programs

Mitacs comprehensive suite of programs includes:

  • Mitacs Accelerate, graduate-student led industrial R&D internships as a platform for technology transfer and commercialization;
  • Mitacs Globalink, summer research internships for top international students in Canada builds global R&D networks; and
  • Mitacs Elevate, industrial R&D management training program for post-doctoral fellows through class-room instruction and on-site learning.

Mitacs: an innovation nexus

  • Independent innovation-focused not-for-profit
  • Founded in 1999 as a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence
  • Supported by numerous federal agencies and departments, provincial and foreign governments.
  • 2,000 faculty, 3,500 graduate students at 57 Canadian research universities
  • 37 additional Canadian research organizations
  • 1,500 Canadian companies representing all regions and sectors
  • 2,000 academic-industry projects annually
  • 6,000 Accelerate internships
  • 800 Globalink students from India, Brazil, China and Mexico
  • 250 Elevate fellows
  • $52 million industrial investment in R&D to date
  • 7,200 graduate students received professional  skills training
  • 5,000 industrial and academic leaders attended 200 innovation networking events
  • 2,000 academic research papers published


Accelerate drop-down (Eng)

Canada’s premiere research internship program providing interns with the opportunity to transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

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Elevate drop-down (Eng)

Provides a foundation of cutting-edge research, business, entrepreneurship and scientific management skills to newly-minted PhDs while giving companies access to a highly qualified uniquely trained pool of talent.

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Globalink drop-down (Eng)

Mitacs Globalink builds a living bridge between Canada and international partners by establishing and reinforcing global links through student mobility.


Past Research Projects

Enterprise drop-down (Eng)

Enterprise is a comprehensive, career-development program that gives graduates of science, technology, engineering and math the opportunity to build their business skills through an intense program of mentorship and work experience with small and medium-sized companies.

Step drop-down (Eng)

Canada’s only comprehensive program providing business-ready skills to up-and-coming researchers. Step trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in essential interpersonal, project management and entrepreneurial skills required for them to succeed in their future career.

Outreach drop-down (Eng)

Making science and mathematics compelling for future researchers – our children – through initiatives such as the nationally-recognized theatrical production, Math Out Loud, and online quiz game, MathAmaze.