The call for applications is now open. The deadline is December 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PT.


The pandemic we are living through has shown the importance of international research collaborations to tackle global challenges. To foster future opportunities for researcher mobility, and help plant the seeds for recovery, Mitacs is pleased to launch a special initiative in cooperation with several of our international partners: a competitive call for applications to our Mitacs Globalink Research Award program in areas of strategic importance for the Canadian and international research communities.

Under the joint supervision of a home and host professor at a university in Canada and an institution affiliated with one of Mitacs’s international partners, senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows included in successful applications will receive a $6,000 research award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in the other country.

Although there are limitations on international travel at the present time, research projects selected through this call for applications (decisions are expected in February 2021) will have up to a year to begin (until February 2022), once circumstances allow.

The themes and subthemes are as follows:

1. Artificial Intelligence: 

i. Responsible AI
ii. Data governance
iii. Future of work
iv. Innovation and commercialization

2. Quantum Technologies:

i. Quantum computing and simulation
ii. Quantum networking and communication
iii. Quantum sensing and metrology

3. Green Economy:

i. Sustainable industry
ii. Clean technology and materials
iii. Clean energy transition
iv. Healthy environments (includes Arctic research, oceans, sustainable agriculture and smart cities)

4. Pandemic Preparedness:

i. Pandemic preparedness and AI
ii. Social impact policy making
iii. Societal response to Covid-19 pandemic
iv. One Health

Mitacs is pleased to be collaborating with the following international partners in this thematic call for applications.

Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation
China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)
France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
France: French Embassy in Canada
France: Université de Lorraine
Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)
Germany: Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST)
Korea: National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Singapore: AI Singapore (AISG)
Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University
Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)
United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

In addition to these general eligibility requirements, please also refer to the tab on international partners and specific eligibility.

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at a Canadian university or at an eligible university or institution outside Canada and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree
  • For participants travelling from Canada: cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada)
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award

Undergraduate eligibility

Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters.

Home and host supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at a Canadian university or must be recognized faculty members at their institutions outside Canada
  • Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding and to supervise graduate students in Canada or must be eligible to host graduate students at their institution outside Canada

Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation

Fundação Araucária Foundation

Themes:
All

Eligible Institutions:

  • Centro Universitário de Maringá – UNICESUMAR
  • Instituto Federal do Paraná – IFPR
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUC
  • Universidade Estadual de Londrina – UEL
  • Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM
  • Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa – UEPG
  • Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste – UNICENTRO
  • Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná – UENP
  • Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE
  • Universidade Estadual do Paraná – UNESPAR
  • Universidade Federal da Fronteira do Sul – UFFS
  • Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana – UNILA
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR
  • Universidade Positivo
  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná – UTFPR
  • Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná

Level:
Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)

China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)

Themes:
All

Eligible Institutions:
All universities and research institutions in mainland China

Level:
Postdoctoral fellows

Note:
Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada)

France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)

Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:
Centres de recherche Inria

Level:
Travel to Canada: PhD students. Travel from Canada: master’s or PhD students. 

France: French Embassy in Canada

French Embassy in Canada

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:
All universities in France

Note:
Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada)

France: Université de Lorraine

Université de Lorraine

Theme:
Green economy

Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)

Themes:
Artificial intelligence, Quantum technologies, Green economy

Eligible institutions:
KIT departments and KIT divisions

Level:
PhD students and postdoctoral fellows

Germany: Jülich (Helmholtz Association)

Jülich (Helmholtz Association)

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:

  • Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C)
  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
  • Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI)
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
  • Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM)
  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
  • Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP)
  • Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA) 

Level:
PhD students or postdoctoral fellows

India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:
SICI’s list of eligible institutions in India. SICI’s list of eligible institutions in Canada. Both institutions must be SICI member institutions.

Level:
Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) 

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) 

Themes:
All.

Eligible institution:
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST)

Level:
Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Award:
Award: Value of $6,000 minimum (AIST will cover airfare and accommodation)

Note:
Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada)

Korea: National Research Foundation (NRF) Korea

National Research Foundation (NRF) Korea

Themes:
All

Eligible institution:
All universities of Korea

Level:
Master's students, doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers

Note:
Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada). For permanent residents and Canadian citzens only.  

Singapore: AI Singapore (AISG)

AI Singapore (AISG)

Theme:
Artificial intelligence 

Eligible institutions:
AI Singapore 

Level:
Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows

Duration:
24 weeks 

Award:
$12 000

Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University

Themes:
All

Eligible institution:
National Cheng Kung University

Level:
Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows 

Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)

Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:
South Mediterranean University (MedTech and Mediterranean School of Business )

United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Themes:
All

Eligible institutions:
All universities in the UK (including Scotland)

Level:
PhD students 

Note:
Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada) 

The call for applications is now open. The deadline is December 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PT.


Awards are offered in partnership with Mitacs’s international partners and are subject to available funding.

How to apply:

1. Review general and partner-specific eligibility and award guidelines.

2. Home or host supervisors need to fill out this webform to request an application package. If you are a student at an eligible university, please contact your professor to request an application package.

3. Identify home and host supervisors and discuss project details. It is the responsibility of the participants to connect with one another. Mitacs cannot connect interested interns with supervisors.

4. Prepare your application. The Canadian supervisor must submit the completed application package by email to the local Mitacs Business Development representative.

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities. Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the Canadian university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Student’s or postdoc’s responsibilities

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad with the appropriate university office(s)
  • Obtain appropriate visa or work permit for the destination
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home university
  • Work full-time on the research project (at least 75% abroad, and up to 25% at the home university)
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project

Home supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the participant prior to and during the research project
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the participant

Host supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for visiting researchers
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the participant prior to and during the research project
  • Advise the participant on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation
  • Provide the participant with any necessary documentation to support the visa application
  • Ensure the participant has appropriate lab and/or office space and resources during the research project
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the participant

Canadian supervisor’s responsibility

  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant

Adjudication 

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is competitive with limited awards available. All applications will undergo review by an interdisciplinary team. Proposals will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Quality of the student supervision and training opportunity 
  • Benefits to industry, society and Canada

Outcome Letters are expected by the end of February 2021. Therefore, travel can start after March 15, 2021 at the earliest once the final decision is issued and the Outcome and Award Letters are provided by Mitacs.

Funding

  • Mitacs issues the Award Letter after the participant has provided their International Pre-Departure and Code of Conduct forms, respectively, and confirmed their project dates
  • Students cannot travel until Mitacs has issued both an Outcome and Award Letter
  • Projects must begin within one year of the Outcome Letter being issued.
  • Approved recipients will receive funds to support participant travel and accommodation expenses, research-related expenses, and stipend. Mitacs funds will be sent to the Canadian university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent) and administered as a research grant in the Canadian supervisor’s name.
  • The awards will be sponsored in part by one of Mitacs’s international partners. Where applicable, Mitacs’s Outcome Letters will provide applicants with instructions for accessing partner funds.
  • Funds must be spent according to the proposal budget and Tri-Agency eligible expenses.
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks in most cases, though project durations of up to 24 weeks are acceptable. Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other funding sources for longer durations and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations.

Deliverables

The following deliverables must be submitted to Mitacs no later than one month after the project concludes:

  • A final report that summarizes the project
  • The student or postdoctoral fellow is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisors
  • Exit survey from the student
  • Exit survey from the home academic supervisor
  • Exit survey from the host academic supervisor

The following are some frequently-asked questions, if you have additional questions please contact international@mitacs.ca

1. Considering there is a pandemic right now, what will happen if travel is not possible within the 12 months following the reception of the Outcome Letter? 

In the case where future travel restrictions make it impossible to start the internship, Mitacs will consider an extension over the regular 12-month period on a case-by-case basis.

2. I don’t see my institution in the list of participating international partners. Is there another program that could fit my situation? 

This GRA thematic call is undertaken in collaboration with a select number of our international partners. Visit the standard GRA program page or contact a Business Development representative for more information about the GRA program or our other international programs. 

3. I don’t have contacts in the institution where I want to develop a project, how do I get in touch with them?

It is the responsibility of the participants to get in touch with each other.  

4. If I have a project in one of the four themes but not related to the subcategories indicated, is the project eligible? 

No, we are focusing on these topics only. As you note they are quite broad and can encompass various projects as well as interdisciplinary approaches.