College interns primed to accelerate Mitacs COVID-19 research projects

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs is collaborating with governments, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and academia to develop COVID-19 solutions. Post-secondary researchers have started working on COVID-19 projects, and Mitacs announces that college students can be enlisted to contribute to these projects to accelerate the research development.

Mitacs is connecting resources from the Canadian post-secondary education sector with businesses to rapidly develop solutions to COVID-19. For a limited time, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) responding to federal and provincial requests can address COVID-19 challenges with expedited research project approval and increased funding leverage from Mitacs.

For a finite period to address the pandemic, college students can be added to the development portion of COVID-19 Mitacs projects. They may support development with activities such as coding, prototyping, monitoring cell cultures, managing data, and creating visual presentations of modelling, among others. Incorporating college students in the R&D process will help commercialize products, services, and technologies faster than would otherwise be possible.  


John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Mitacs is pleased to partner with government to mobilize university and college researchers to work with Canadian companies to combat COVID-19. Together we will develop the necessary solutions through research that contribute to healthcare technology and future economic recovery for all Canadians. Through innovation we will overcome this pandemic and its effects.”


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Quick Facts:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan.