Mitacs Accelerate

A Mitacs Accelerate application is comprised of the following documents:

  • The proposal completed on the prepared template and submitted electronically. Proposals should be written in plain language but should also include relevant technical detail. 
  • The Memorandum signed by all partners (the intern, academic supervisor, partner supervisor and a representative from the Office of Research Services*). 
  • A current C.V. of the proposed intern (C.V. template is available if needed)
  • Conflict of Interest Declaration form if applicable. (See the Conflict of Interest section in the Mitacs Accelerate Program Guide.)
  • Supporting documents if applicable. Additional documents may be required to support the proposal application.  The proposal template outlines when these documents are needed.  

To apply for a Mitacs Accelerate internship cluster, please contact your business development representative.

* Academic supervisors must request approval from their Office of Research Services and the approval signature must be included on the Memorandum submitted with the proposal. (Prior to submitting your proposal for ORS approval,  please ensure you contact a Business Development Director who will review your draft)

 
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Please note that you are required to:

  • Prepare a final report  at the conclusion of the project which details the research performed, its results and any recommendations
  • Complete an exit survey  within one month of the completion of the internship

Frequently Asked accelerate Questions

I am a student with a project idea but no industry partner. Can Mitacs help me find a company?

Mitacs works to connect industry with the most appropriate university expertise to solve challenges identified by the company.  With the large number of potential interns seeking industrial partners, Mitacs cannot offer individualized matching to a particular researcher however, you can consult our suggestions as to how to go about finding a partner company.

Can I complete my full internship at the University and interact with the company virtually?

Normally interns are expected to spend at least 50% of their internship with the company at their site(s).  If your host company is in a remote location or there are other unique circumstances that challenge the interaction, you may request flexibility for a lower ratio of interaction with the company.  Please consult with your business development representative while writing your proposal.  

Can I hold both an Accelerate and a tri-council (or provincially) funded studentship or fellowship?

Although Mitacs does not have any restrictions, many other granting agencies do not allow fellowship and studentship recipients to hold certain grants concurrently.  Please check with the relevant council or agency for current information regarding your specific grant prior to applying.

Can I do an internship with a research lab, NGO, Municipality, or Government agency?

The vast majority of Mitacs Accelerate Internships are funded in part by the national IRDI program, which limits industrial partners to privately owned or incorporated for-profit Canadian companies.  In some regions, there may be additional funding from other sources to support a limited number of partnerships with not-for-profit or government  entities.  Please contact a Business Development representative in your region to determine if such funding is available.

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 From my perspective, the true value of the Mitacs-Accelerate internship is the individual relationships developed with people working for the industrial partner. Through the internship, although I became more familiar with methods, ideas, and technical issues related to my area of research, it was the networking experiences that I found to be most rewarding. I have no doubt that these relationships will continue to be of value throughout my career. 

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