The Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award offers graduate students at Mitacs full and associate partner universities in Canada the opportunity to participate in a 16- to 24-week research project with an international industry partner located in any country except the United States.

The Partnership Award offers the following benefits to participating universities and students:

  • Mitacs will award successful applicants $15,000CAD in funding to cover the direct costs of research.  Funding will be in the form of a research grant to the home university academic supervisor;
  • No deadlines. Applications are accepted at any time;
  • All academic disciplines are eligible;
  • Simple and quick application process with results typically announced in six weeks;
  • Open to international graduate students studying in Canada, Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Funding is provided to support the student’s research;
  • Students and faculty gain real-world and international exposure: apply the latest tools and innovations to real issues; and
  • International research collaborations are strengthened.

The Partnership Award provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues and industry around the world through the mobility of graduate students. 

Effective September 30, 2015, students in Canada on a study permit cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship. Students with Canadian citizenship and Permanent Residents can undertake research in any partner country, regardless of additional citizenship status.

Student recipients of the Partnership Award will develop research skills, cultural fluency and professional network, becoming part of Canada’s generation of global innovators. The Partnership Award offers the following benefits to participating industry partners:

  • Applications are peer reviewed to ensure high-quality research
  • Increased innovation: participants gain novel solutions to research challenges
  • Mitacs matches the $7,500CAD industry partner contribution

How it works

  • Students and their home university academic supervisors submit Partnership Award applications directly to Mitacs via their Business Development representative
  • Approved projects are a minimum of 16 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks.
  • Mitacs will award successful applicants $15,000 CAD in funding to cover the direct costs of research.  Funding will be in the form of a research grant to the home university academic supervisor via the Office of Research Services or equivalent.

The Partnership Award cycle begins with the submission of a research project and is complete upon Mitacs receipt of the final report and exit surveys.

Home academic supervisors are responsible for providing Partnership Award recipients with preparation, direction and support prior to and during their research project, in conjunction with the policies of their home institution. They must also assume fiduciary responsibility for the research grant (which will be held at their university) and cover expenses related to the project.

Mitacs strives to ensure that Partnership Award recipients have a high-quality research experience with internationally-recognized industry partners who facilitate learning and provide hands-on training in the students’ field of study.

Eligibility


Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Partnership Award, a student must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student
    • Effective September 30, 2015, students in Canada on a study permit cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship. Students with Canadian citizenship and Permanent Residents can undertake research in any partner country, regardless of additional citizenship status.

  • Be registered for full-time graduate studies at a Mitacs full or associate partner university in Canada.  Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for the Partnership Award.
  • Demonstrate skills and interest suitable to the project(s) in question
  • Remain a student of their university; students cannot be employed by their partner organization during their research projects
  • Have an academic supervisor with a faculty appointment at an eligible Canadian university
  • Spend a minimum of 25% of the research project at their home university and up to 75% with the industry partner abroad.
  • Meet all necessary travel requirements for the intended destination

Home University Academic Supervisor Eligibility

An academic supervisor for recipients of the Partnership Award must:

  • Be a faculty member at a Mitacs full or associate partner university who is eligible to both supervise graduate students and hold Tri-Council funding
  • Adhere to university policies regarding research abroad

Industry Partner Eligibility

The international industry partner for the Partnership Award must be a for-profit company in any country except the United States where the student can undertake the research project.

Applicants who have an identified research project and an industry partner in a Mitacs partner country must submit an application via their Business Development representative.

A complete application includes the following:

*The signed International Pre-departure Form and Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics can be submitted after the submission of the application; however, funds will not be released until Mitacs receives these forms.

Applicants must submit their completed application as a PDF document to Mitacs via their Business Development representative. Please note only the signature page of the proposal should be a scanned PDF document. Mitacs recommends keeping PDF files to less than 2MB each.

Applicants should submit their applications approximately 12 weeks prior to the start of the project to ensure enough time for adjudication, filing of appropriate documentation, and travel and accommodation arrangements.

Travel to the destination prior to the approval of the award is not permitted and Mitacs is not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is approved. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paper work including the International Pre-departure Form, Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form, and the application has been approved.

Expectations of participants


Expectations of the Student

Prior to, during and after the Partnership Award, recipients are expected to:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with their academic supervisor and industry partner.
  • Make all necessary pre-departure preparations in consultation with the appropriate home university office(s), including:
    • Applying for appropriate travel documents, including passport and visa, and consulting the relevant consulate where necessary
    • Obtaining comprehensive medical and health insurance appropriate for travel destination
    • Obtaining appropriate immunization and/or prophylaxis for regional destinations and ensure that their routine immunizations are up to date. Consultation with travel medical and all health care providers is strongly recommended.
    • Registering with the foreign office of country of citizenship before leaving Canada (if not a Canadian citizen)
    • Registering with the home university’s Safety Abroad Database or equivalent thereof
  • Attend all mandatory sessions prior to departure and during the project, as stipulated by the home university
  • Ensure compliance with home university policies surrounding research abroad
  • Make appropriate travel bookings
  • Organize monthly status meetings with academic supervisor(s)
  • Provide updates on the status of the project to Mitacs, as required
  • Ensure confidentiality of industry partner information as specified in the research plan
  • Complete a final report and exit survey for Mitacs within one month of the completion of the project that details the research performed, its results and any recommendations, with input from the home and host academic supervisors

Expectations of the Home University Academic Supervisor

Prior to, during and after the Partnership Award, the home academic supervisor is expected to:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with the student and the industry partner
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student
  • Participate in status meetings, as necessary
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the grant, including ensuring appropriate expenditures consistent with the objectives of the initiative and proposed budget
  • Assist the student with pre-departure preparations and ensure the student adheres to home university requirements and policies with regards to research abroad
  • Complete a Mitacs exit survey and final report within one month of the completion of the project

Expectations of the Industry Partner

Prior to, during and after the Partnership Award period, the industry partner is expected to:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with the academic supervisor and the student
  • Participate in regular communications with the student and academic supervisor, where appropriate
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student
  • Send the required financial contribution directly to Mitacs in Canadian dollars
  • Assist the student with their pre-departure preparations, including providing:
    • Necessary pre-departure information and/or materials for smooth transition
    • Documentation and support required for any necessary visa applications
    • Advice on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodations
    • Support, information and a safety orientation to the student in his/her dealings on site at the industry partner location
  • Ensure that the student’s activities at the industry location are limited to those specified in the research plan
  • Complete an exit survey and final report within one month of the completion of the project

Mitacs Responsibilities

Mitacs administers the Partnership Award. Its responsibilities include:

  • Promoting opportunities to Mitacs full and associate partner universities and their graduate students and faculty 
  • Undertaking proposal adjudication
  • Collecting and managing funds from partners and funding agencies
  • Forwarding funds to academic supervisors via university Offices of Research Services (or equivalent thereof)
  • Monitoring the overall success of the initiative

Award Funding
 

  • Each approved recipient will receive $15,000CAD in direct funding, with the partner organization and Mitacs each providing $7,500. Industry partners must send their contribution in Canadian dollars directly to Mitacs.
  • These funds are limited to supporting the direct costs of the research. Mitacs follows NSERC guidelines and a detailed description of eligible expenses is available here.
  • The Award will be provided to the student’s home academic supervisor via the Office of Research Services (or equivalent thereof) and administered as a research grant according to the policies and procedures of both Mitacs and the university.
  • The student must receive a minimum $10,000CAD stipend. The remaining funds must be used to support project-related research and travel related to the research project, including $2,500CAD minimum towards student travel costs.
  • No funds will be released if the completed International Pre-Departure Form and/or Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics form or any additional supplementary documents are outstanding.
  • No funds will be released until the international partner has provided their contribution to Mitacs.

Travel to the destination prior to the approval of the award is not permitted and Mitacs is not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is approved. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paper work including the International Pre-departure Form, Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form, and the application has been approved.

Adjudication
 

Partnership Award proposals will be peer-reviewed by subject matter experts.  The following instructions and questions will be given to reviewers to guide their assessment of the proposal:

Please remember that the Partnership Award is open to proposals from all academic disciplines. Please also note that this is a short project geared towards a graduate student as opposed to a faculty member, and should be judged as such. If you do not find the proposal satisfactory, we would appreciate, to the extent possible, constructive comments that would help improve the proposal.

  1. Is there sufficient information to review this proposal?
  2. Is the proposed project a research project at a level appropriate to the graduate student?
  3. Are the project objectives achievable within the scope and timeline of the research project?
  4. Are the proposed methodologies appropriate and sufficient to achieve the objectives?
  5. If the applicants indicated that part of the research would take place outside the normal lab or business environment, do you feel the described environmental impact should be reviewed by an expert in environmental impact assessments?
  6. Please provide any additional specific comments or suggestions you might have for the student, such as references to other research or methods that could be helpful to them in carrying out this research project.
  7. If you have any internal comments for Mitacs staff and/or internal reviewers, please include those comments here.

All Partnership Award applications are externally reviewed by subject matter experts and review outcomes are provided to the applicants (approval or request for proposal revision) within approximately 6 weeks of the submission of a complete proposal.

Note: funds are awarded to projects that have successfully passed peer review. Since completed work cannot be reviewed, Mitacs is unable to award completed internships.

Maximum Number of Awards

Graduate students are eligible to receive ONE Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award per academic lifetime.

Intellectual Property
 

Mitacs takes no position in the intellectual property created by the projects and internships that are funded through Partnership Awards. Intellectual property is left to be shared between the university, its researchers, and the industry partner according to the intellectual property rules of the home university, unless a separate agreement is negotiated between these parties.

Deliverables
 

Partnership Award recipients, their home academic supervisors and industry partners must provide the following to Mitacs no later than one month after the conclusion of the project:

final report that:

  • Summarizes research goals, research techniques used and a summary of research outcomes
  • Lists the benefits of the international research collaboration
  • Identifies benefits for the industry partner, home supervisor and student
  • Identifies future research plans

Exit surveys from the:

  • Partnership Award recipient
  • Home academic supervisor 
  • Host academic supervisor.
I am a student who is interested in completing a research project abroad. Can Mitacs help me find an industry partner?

With the large number of potential students seeking industrial partners, Mitacs cannot offer individualized matching to students.

Can I hold both a Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award and a Tri-Council- (or provincially-) funded studentship or fellowship?

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

My Partnership Award application has been approved. When will the funds be available?

Mitacs will provide the research grant to your home university once all necessary documentation and industry funds have been received at Mitacs. Please allow 2 weeks for Mitacs to process funding.

Which disciplines are eligible for the Partnership Award?

The Partnership Award is open to all academic disciplines including both the social sciences and humanities and STEM.

I am an undergraduate student; am I eligible for a Partnership Award?

No. The Award is only open to graduate students.

Are postdoctoral fellows eligible for a Partnership Award?

No. The Award is only open to graduate students.

Can a postdoctoral fellow at a Canadian university act as the home academic supervisor for a recipient of the Partnership Award?

No; the home academic supervisor must be a faculty member at a Mitacs full or associate partner university and eligible to hold Tri-Council funding.

Can a home academic supervisor support more than one Partnership Award at the same time?

Yes.

Can professors from any Canadian university support a Partnership Award recipient?

No; the home academic supervisor must be a faculty member at a Mitacs full or associate partner university in Canada.

Is the Partnership Award open to all countries?

The Award is open to all countries except the United States. 

What is the review process for the Partnership Award?

Partnership Award proposals are peer reviewed. Each proposal is evaluated independently and must meet the standards for the Award.

Please note that while adjudication is approximately 6 weeks in length, we suggest that applicants submit their applications at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the project to allow adequate time to make necessary travel and accommodation arrangements, obtain necessary travel documents, and complete the necessary international pre-departure requirements.

Travel to the destination prior to the approval of the award is not permitted and Mitacs is not responsible for any costs incurred before the application is approved. Travel may not be initiated until Mitacs has received all paper work including the International Pre-departure Form, Mitacs Student Code of Conduct and Ethics Form, and the application has been approved.

What status will I have at my home university while I am in my host country?

All participants must maintain full-time student status at their home university in Canada during their time abroad. Please discuss the issue of status with your home university.