Evidence-based policy-making supported by new national program

Ottawa, ON – Today, at the Canadian Science Policy Conference, Mitacs announced the Canadian Science Policy Fellowships program — an initiative that will contribute to evidence-based decision-making in federal public policy.

In its pilot year, the program will see up to ten academic researchers embedded in federal government departments or agencies. The researchers will apply their expertise to policy-making activities on some of the most current and challenging issues in Canadian public policy.

The fellowships will be administered by Mitacs, a national, non-profit research and training organization that develops partnerships between universities, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government for a more innovative Canada.

The program builds on Mitacs’ track record of creating collaborations between academic researchers and industry and not-for-profit partners through the Mitacs Accelerate and Elevate programs.

Rob Annan, Chief Research Officer, Mitacs

“Through these science policy fellowships, we hope to provide accomplished academic researchers with opportunities to engage first-hand with government policy-makers. In turn, the fellows will contribute to evidence-based policy-making while earning the experience and trust to become contributors to the Canadian policy landscape.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, private not-for-profit organization that develops the next generation of innovators with vital skills through a suite of unique research and training programs.
  • Mitacs runs programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows: Accelerate, Elevate, Step, and Globalink.
  • In partnership with companies, government and universities, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource — its people.

Learn more:

To learn about Mitacs and our programs, see mitacs.ca/newsroom.

For information about the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, please contact Rachael Maxwell at PolicyFellowship@mitacs.ca.