16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years

$250M

invested in 2019-20

33,000

researchers in our network

6,000 +

industry partners

117

post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants
Small business enterprise
Small business enterprise

Mitacs powers small business

innovators

Whatever you need, we have the tools and expertise to get you there.

We are proud to work with small- and mid-sized companies to advance innovation in Canada. For a small company, doing research isn’t simple especially in the light of the new economic reality. Projects and lab equipment are costly and it’s difficult to find and attract specialized talent. We understand what small businesses need to innovate.

88% of business Mitacs supports are small and mid-sized companies 

Who we are

  • You’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished — but you want to innovate and grow even more. Developing your company’s innovation roadmap requires a clear path, the right expertise, access to an unparalleled research network, and budget.
  • No matter the size of your company, our 80 innovation project experts can connect you to top-tier post-secondary institutions and the brightest researchers to help solve your innovation challenges — all while funding up to 55% of the cost of the project.

Working with Mitacs means

  • You leverage your budget: your contribution can be as low as 45% of the project cost meaning your money goes further
  • Your funding starts at $15K and can run to the millions
  • You have access to our extensive research networks and partners
  • We’ll find you the right talent
  • You reduce the risk of your investment
  • Projects are scalable and can be multi-disciplinary

Your key benefits

Tap into a national research network

Leverage your R+D or Innovation budget

Reduce the risk of accessing and hiring research expertise

Success stories

Most beauty products are topical — but a small Halifax company believes it can build beauty from within.
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Can a Calgary company turn greenhouse gas emissions into gold — and help save the planet?
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A dam collapse is catastrophic. Now a BC engineering firm aims to mitigate potential disasters.
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Let's start this journey together.
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Hot Topics

SMEs drive growth in Canada 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a major source of economic growth and job creation for the Canadian economy, and adopting policy initiatives in such areas as financing, innovation, and international reach can foster growth for Canadian SMEs. 

Going global is key for successful Canadian entrepreneurs

While Canada is a good market for new businesses, it’s limited, and SMEs that export their goods and services to foreign markets can outperform their peers — data has shown that their revenues are higher, they grow faster and they reinvest more than SMEs who focus solely on the domestic market. Currently, however, many Canadian SMEs are missing that key opportunity, partly due to a lack of guidance and support from the Canadian small-business ecosystem.

Maximize your R&D budget

Many Canadian SMEs struggle to execute critical R&D — which can lead to future success and profitability — due to a lack of resources and finances. Finding the right talent while monitoring R&D expenses and staying within budget can be challenging.

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