Standard Mitacs Accelerate applications are accepted throughout the year and projects may begin at any time. Please allow 6-8 weeks for proposal review and processing of single internship applications; please contact your Business Development representative for review timing of larger projects.
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.
- Supporting documents if applicable. Additional documents may be required to support the proposal application. The proposal template outlines when these documents are needed.
* 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 representative who will review your draft)
Accelerate Clusters: Option for larger projects
- Mitacs Accelerate clusters are an alternative for larger research projects involving multiple Graduate students and/or Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants may apply once for an Accelerate Cluster involving a minimum of three interns, at least six 4-month internship segments, and a minimum of one industrial partner.
- Cost-shared model for Clusters features improved leveraging on industry contributions.
- Scalable for even larger projects, accommodating multiple universities and industry partners if warranted, in projects that can span several years.
To apply for a Mitacs Accelerate internship cluster, please contact your business development representative.
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
Finding a partner company
Here are suggestions as to how to go about finding a partner company to support your research project:
Ask your academic supervisor
Your academic supervisor may already have connections within industry or completed a Mitacs research project in the past. (S)he might be able to point you in the right direction and recommend you to some companies willing to support your project.
If you are a graduate student, members of your thesis advisory committee might also have some contact with industry.
Contact your Career Services office or co-operative department
Your Career Services office and co-op department are constantly in contact with companies interested in hiring students or offering internships. They usually have a list you can consult and might be able to guide you in your search. They should also be able to advise as to how to go about approaching a company.
If you have undertaken a co-op placement in the past with a company they might be interested in working with you again.
Depending on your University, the Alumni Office can be a good place to look for support. Former students can activate their network to help you find a company or even offer you to complete your internship in their own company.
Check the opportunities listed on our website
Due to the large number of potential interns seeking industrial partners Mitacs cannot offer individualized matching to a particular company. However, Mitacs works to connect industry with the most appropriate university expertise to solve challenges identified by the company. To view projects Mitacs is in the process of matching and see if the project suits your area of expertise, please click here.
Target potential companies
Identify which companies might be interested in your project and contact them directly. When contacting a company start off by asking what some of their key problems are, focus on those that are related to your research and then explain (and it is important that you avoid too many technical terms) your research project and the benefits it could bring to their company. As well, some of the following points may be of interest to potential companies:
- They might be able to earn valuable government research tax credits through the federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program.
- It is a great way for them to expand the company’s R&D environment for a nominal investment of $7,500.
Sometimes it can be challenging to find a partner company on your own. Talk around with your friends, family, former co-workers or employers and see if they can introduce you to a company willing to support your project. You can also use popular networking websites to increase your chances of being referred. If you wish to improve your networking and communications skills to help you meet companies and to promote your research expertise to them you might wish to attend a Mitacs Step workshop. For more information of workshops in your area click here.
A few things to consider before you begin your application
Who is the audience?
Your proposal will be reviewed by at least two external experts in the field(s) covered in the application. These reviewers will be active researchers who have been chosen to review your proposal because they are well qualified to make a judgment on the quality of the proposed research project. Therefore, you want to provide sufficient detail in your proposal to adequately convey to the reviewers that you have thought about this project and that you have the knowledge to carry it out. If your proposal is either misunderstood or misinterpreted, this is a clear sign it is poorly written. As the proposal writer, it is your task to clearly make the case for the value and feasibility of your research project.
What type of proposal is this?
This is a research proposal. Before beginning to write this application make sure you clearly know what your research question is. This is not a consulting proposal or a proposal for a development project. You are not simply helping your industry/organization partner to achieve a task. You are looking to expand the knowledge base in an area that is relevant to both your industry/organizational partner and the academic community. For more information about eligible research for Mitacs Accelerate, see www.mitacs.ca/programs/accelerate/who-eligible
How long should my proposal be?
The answer depends on how many internships you are applying for: the larger the project the more information you will need to provide. There are no length limits on the application form because we do want you to use the space you deem necessary to clearly present your research project and provide enough details so that it can be evaluated by external reviewers.
What is the format and style of the proposal?
Think about this proposal the way you would think about writing a scientific/academic article. The type of information, including citations and a reference list, that is appropriate in these types of articles is also appropriate to include in this application. Keep your statements concise, clear and orderly. Abbreviations should be explained the first time they are presented, and jargon should be avoided as much as possible. Improper spelling, poor grammar and punctuation will appear unprofessional and sloppy. Don’t rely solely on spell-check for proof-reading to avoid these pitfalls.
More detailed information on writing your proposal can be found here.
- Have your professor read your application and make suggestions for revisions.
- Have your industry/organizational partner read your application and also make suggestions.
- Email your application to your BD representative for feedback, and consider any revisions they suggest. Please feel free to contact your BD representative earlier in this process if you would like some guidance on your proposal.
- When instructed by your BD representative, collect all the required signatures at the end of the application template. You may need to have your supervisor perform this part.
- Email the final, electronic copy of your application to your BD representative. Send it in either PDF or Word format.
- Send all the signatures via fax or email to your BD representative.