The following steps outline the responsibilities of each Mitacs Accelerate participant before, during, and after their project. For projects with multiple internships, each intern is responsible for his or her individual steps. 

Mitacs Accelerate Terms and Conditions outline participants’ responsibilities in further detail — each participant is expected to understand and adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the program.

Interns
 

Before the internship

  • Confirm the internship start date with your professor and partner. Notify Mitacs if your start date changes.
  • Develop a research plan with your professor and partner. Confirm intellectual property requirements with your university.
  • Read and follow the Accelerate code of conduct.
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Start the internship only after funds have been forwarded to the university.

During the internship

  • Organize monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Spend approximately 50% of your time on site with the partner.
  • Spend approximately 50% of your time at the university.
  • Maintain grad student or postdoc status at the university for the duration of your internship.
  • Consider taking a Mitacs Step workshop before or during your internship. Topics include essential interpersonal, project management, and entrepreneurial skills.

After the internship

  • Complete a final report and submit it to Mitacs.
  • Complete an exit survey.
  • Add your Accelerate internship and Step workshops to your CV and LinkedIn profile.
  • Stay in touch with Mitacs: sign up for our alumni newsletter and join our LinkedIn group.
  • Acknowledge Mitacs-funded results with the following: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

 

 

Professors 
 

Before the project

  • Develop a research plan with the intern(s) and partner. Confirm intellectual property requirements with your university.
  • Provide feedback to the intern(s) to improve the quality of the proposal.
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Confirm the internship start date with the intern(s).
  • Start the internship only after funds have been forwarded to the university.

During the project

  • Take fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant.
  • Attend monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Supervise the intern(s) during their internship activities at the university.

After the project

  • Sign the final report.
  • Complete an exit survey.
  • Acknowledge Mitacs-funded results with the following: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

 

 

Partner organizations 
 

Before the project

  • Develop a research plan with the intern(s) and professor.
  • Provide feedback to the intern(s) to improve the quality of the proposal.
  • Confirm the project start date with the intern(s).
  • Agree to protect and keep confidential intern(s)’s personal information with any third party, unless granted written permission by intern(s).
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Pay the contribution upon receipt of the Mitacs invoice . Mitacs recommends that projects begin after it has received the partner payment and forwarded the Accelerate grant to the university.

During the project

  • Attend monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Supervise the intern(s) during their on-site internship activities.
  • Provide access to the project site for an in-person assessment at Mitacs’ request.

After the project

  • Sign the final report.
  • Complete an  exit survey.
  • Acknowledge Mitacs-funded results with the following: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

 

 

Release of funds

Mitacs invoices a partner organization upon submission of their Accelerate proposal. Upon receipt of the partner’s contribution, Mitacs forwards the research award to the university. No funds will be released to the university until the invoice has been paid and the proposal is approved. Mitacs has no control over when funds are administered by the university. If you have questions about your Accelerate award after Mitacs has released funds, contact your university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent).

 

 


 

Intellectual property

Mitacs’ policy is to take no position and claims no intellectual property (IP) from projects it funds. All Mitacs Accelerate participants are bound by the IP terms of the university where the intern is enrolled. IP is left to be shared between the university, its researchers, and the partner organization, according to the IP rules of the host university, unless a separate agreement is negotiated.

The following universities have developed their own IP terms for Mitacs projects:


 

Cancellations

Mitacs Accelerate internships require the active participation of the intern, professor, and partner organization. All participants should attempt to fulfill their project obligations.

If all parties are in agreement, a project or individual internship may be terminated. If one party wants to cancel the internship without other parties’ agreement, s/he must first notify them in writing and allow 30 days for resolution of outstanding issues.

Any funds remaining after a cancelled internship must be returned to Mitacs.