About Mitacs Accelerate

Mitacs Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

Open to all disciplines and industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.


Mitacs Accelerate helped create a synergy between industry and research so we could leverage the academic expertise of the interns. It exemplifies successful collaboration driving technological innovation.

 —Jean-François Richard, Program Manager, 
    GE Lighting Solutions


Mitacs Accelerate is a great way to show the value of my research and the benefits it can have for industry partners. My core research is more theoretical, but with Mitacs, I can demonstrate its applicability to tangible, real-world challenges with industry for an outcome that has commercial and financial benefits.

—Dr. Stephen Chen, School of Information Technology, 
   York University


Mitacs would like to thank the Government of Canada, the Networks of Centres of Excellence's Industrial Research and Development Internship Program, the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, along with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the Government of  British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of  New Brunswick, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Government of  Nova Scotia, the Government of  Ontario, the Government of  Quebec, and the Government of  Saskatchewan for their support of Mitacs Accelerate.





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