About Mitacs

What is Mitacs?

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit research and training organization dedicated to advancing collaborations between industry, academia and government in Canada, and to fostering international research networks between Canadian universities and the world.

Our History

Mitacs was founded in 1999 as a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence, dedicated to supporting applied and industrial research in mathematical sciences and associated disciplines. In 2003, we launched a research internship program designed to increase deployment of highly educated graduates into the private sector. Open to all disciplines since 2007, Mitacs has expanded in response to industrial and university needs, including programs in R&D management, professional skills development, and international research training. Fully independent since 2011, Mitacs remains committed to its core vision of supporting research-based innovation and continues to work closely with its partners in industry, academia, and government.

From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs-funded research helps to strengthen connections, improve economic performance, and create jobs. Over the past 15 years, we have supported more than 10,000 research internships, trained more than 19,000 student and postdoc career-skills participants, and supported more than 1,300 international research collaborations.

We thank our partners for their support and involvement over the past 15 years and look forward to more collaboration in the years to come.

Our Name

Why the name “Mitacs”? The answer is part of our proud history. In our early days, Mitacs was known as “The Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, (MITACS NCE)”. The acronym referred to our original mandate to connect mathematics researchers to industry and professional development opportunities.

When we became an independent, national not-for-profit organization in 2011, the acronym was phased out to reflect our expanded scope and vision.

We are now simply referred to as Mitacs.

Our Programs

Mitacs Accelerate:  Offers minimum 4-month collaborative research internships with industry for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Mitacs Elevate: Provides 2-year collaborative postdoctoral fellowships with industry with special focus on advancement of R&D management and professional skills.

Mitacs Globalink: Offers funded research internships for top international undergraduates to study in Canada, or for Canadian students to conduct research in a Mitacs partner country.

Mitacs Step:  A series of professional development workshops aimed at advancing the business and entrepreneurial skills of Canada’s future R&D leaders.

Our Commitment to Responsible Corporate Governance

Mitacs programs are supported jointly by provincial and federal governments and agencies, industry and universities within Canada, as well as governments and universities overseas.

The Board of Directors and Senior Management Team of Mitacs are committed to prudent, sound corporate governance through application of the Mitacs Stewardship policy.

Where to find us

Mitacs has primary offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal with representatives in all other Canadian provinces. 



Media contact

Adam Austen
Manager, Communications
514-705-8355 | aausten@mitacs.ca
Jacqueline Mason
Director, Communications
514-247-0542 | jmason@mitacs.ca