Can a partner organization contribute more than $30,000 per year?

Yes. Partner organizations are welcome to contribute additional funding but Mitacs will not provide any additional funding outside of the standard award. This additional partner funding should be included in the application budget, recommendation letter and the anticipated use of funds (e.g. stipend/salary top-up, specialized equipment). Top-up funds must be received at Mitacs at the […]

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If there’s no need for a student to go to the partner organization’s facilities, are they allowed to do all the research at their academic institution?

In-person interaction at the partner’s location is required when feasible, but we recognize that due to pandemic restrictions, many organizations and academic institutions began working virtually as much as possible, and that this mode of work may continue in some fields as part of the new normal. If the partner organization does not have a […]

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Is an existing collaboration with a partner eligible?

Yes. A fellowship may build on an existing partnership or form the beginning of a new partnership. However, the partner funds must be received at Mitacs prior to the start date of the fellowship. No funds will be released until this contribution has been received in full.

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Can the partner organization be a not-for-profit?

Under the Mitacs Elevate program, partner organizations must be: • a for-profit Canadian corporation • the Canadian business location of a foreign-owned for-profit corporation with significant Canadian operations • a not-for-profit corporation, such as an economic development organization, an industry association, a charitable organization, or a social-welfare organization in Canada. Please contact elevate@mitacs.ca to discuss […]

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Is an academic supervisor who owns a spin-off company an eligible partner?

Students should provide a copy of their supervisor’s approved academic institution’s Conflict of Interest declaration, or other appropriate documentation — such as a letter or email from the Dean or Department Chair — with their application. The documents must describe the nature of the conflict and the measures in place to manage the conflict. Generally, […]

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Can an academic supervisor be an adjunct professor or an assistant professor?

Any professor who holds a faculty position at a Canadian academic institution is eligible to administer Tri-Council funds, and is in a position that allows them to supervise graduate students at the host academic institution may act as an academic supervisor. Please contact your academic institution to determine if they have specific regulations in this […]

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If an academic supervisor must contribute funds, how is this administered?

If a student’s situation requires an annual $5,000 contribution from their academic supervisor, Mitacs requires confirmation of these funds at the time of the application (budget section of the proposal form). Funds are not required to come directly to Mitacs. If they are successful, their academic institution will be required to indicate the account number […]

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Why are some academic institutions required to contribute $5,000 per year?

Elevate is supported by a combination of federal, provincial, and partner organization funds. Dedicated funding varies by province. In some provinces, a financial contribution may be required (from the academic supervisor or academic institution) in lieu of provincial funding. Refer to the Eligibility section under Academic Institutions to determine if additional funding is required for […]

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