16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded


invested in 2019-20

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years


researchers in our network

6,000 +

industry partners


post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants

Research & Innovation:

Get the talent you need

Mitacs connects you with the right expert at the right time for the right project

Finding first-rate talent is key to
your success

We know there are challenges for companies when they launch new research or innovation projects. Is there budget for the resources you require? Do you have the knowledge and expertise in-house? If not, where do you find them?

Well, the talent you need is out there, in universities and on college campuses across the country. And Mitacs has an extensive network throughout Canada’s innovation ecosystem — connections that can help you achieve your innovation goals — as well as funding opportunities to assist you in leveraging your budgets.

We have 80 business development experts embedded at post-secondary institutions (PSIs) across the country. We have partnerships with countries and organizations around the globe. Whatever the knowledge or research skills you need, we have the means to connect you to them.

Who we are

Our mandate is to drive innovation and R&D projects through collaborations between post-secondary institutions and industry. With nearly 13,000 research projects and 117 post-secondary institutions as partners, Mitacs can find you the right talent to solve your business challenges.

How we help you achieve your goals

  • An 80-member business development team, embedded at Canadian post-secondary institutions, identifies the right expertise to address your innovation challenges
  • Recruit highly skilled talent
  • Leverage your budget: because your contribution can be as low as 45% of the project cost, your money goes further
  • Tap into national research networks

Your key benefits

Leverage your R+D/Innovation budgets

We work with you to develop the scope and the roadmap of the project to achieve your goals

We provide you with access to expertise not available in-house

Success stories

Mitacs interns from five universities are helping Humanitas Solutions adapt technologies it developed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to help the health system deal with the pandemic.
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Mitacs-funded postdoc Mahsa Kalantari helps entrepreneur Jess Black develop a fire-retardant, stretchable fabric that fills a gap in the market for protective gear for women.
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What are you waiting for?

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In today’s global marketplace, talent defines success. Connecting with the right talent at the right time plays a critical role in determining a company’s future — or if it’ll have a future at all. Our changing world and the growing demand for sophisticated skill sets means businesses in Canada have to expand its outreach and recruitment efforts to find the best talent.

For over 20 years, Mitacs has worked to help Canadian businesses fill their research and development needs by connecting industry leaders with skilled academic researchers from Canadian universities.

Mitacs facilitated a collaboration between Cypher, Brandon University Professor Hamid Mumin and research intern Riley Cram to develop a solution. The result was the creation of a revolutionary clay-based polymer — called EarthZyme — which binds loose gravel and gives it a much more stable, cement-like quality.

Canadian fertilizer company Nutrien was exploring its options for improving worker safety in its Saskatchewan potash mines. Seeking an “out of the box” solution, the company partnered with Mitacs and the University of Regina to recruit top research talent — Tokini Briggs, Victor Okonkwo and Professor Raman Paranjape — who would develop new technology to solve Nutrien’s safety challenges.

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