Canada and India strengthen R&D networks with Mitacs

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, announced two partnerships with India’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to expand collaborative research opportunities between Canada and India. Students will benefit from high-quality research experiences while expanding their global research networks.

The announcement was made by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology of India, during Canada’s trade mission to India this week. Alejandro Adem, CEO of Mitacs, and Rajiv Sharma, Secretary of the Science and Engineering Research Board, were also in attendance.

As part of these agreements, Mitacs will maintain its ongoing partnership with MHRD and continue to develop Canadian-Indian collaborative research internships. Mitacs’ upcoming collaboration with SERB will focus on industry collaboration and increased business-focused research between the two countries.


The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development 

“This initiative brings a winning model of real-time, real-life innovation to India and will see hundreds of Canadian and Indian students exchange research and know-how. I look forward to the collaboration and innovation that will surely be generated from these partnerships.”

Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Mitacs’ partnership with India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and Science and Engineering Research Board emphasize the desire of both countries to strengthen research networks between Canadian and Indian universities. Today’s partnership will provide new opportunities to promote research, share perspectives, and build joint R&D capacity.”

Piyush Rai, Mitacs Globalink Research Intern, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

“Mitacs Globalink is not just about students doing their research, it’s about introducing [us] to different people through activities, workshops, and industry tours that will help [us] grow [our] networks on an international scale.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization led by Canadian universities that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for more than 17 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Since its inception in 2009, Mitacs’ Globalink program has provided more than 1,200 students from India with hands-on research experience at Canadian universities.
  • The Government of Canada, along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, and the Government of Quebec invest in Mitacs Globalink research.