India-Canada partnership opens borders to research and innovation

Vancouver, BC

Mitacs’s new partnership agreement with India’s Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) focuses on research mobility, and will create a unique opportunity for students from both India and Canada to study internationally, opening borders to research and innovation.

Mitacs and SICI’s three-year strategic partnership will leverage the strengths of each organization and is expected to significantly strengthen the research network between India and Canada in all disciplines.

Students will carry out internships, strengthen bilateral academic research networks, and act as conduits of collaboration between Indian and Canadian innovation ecosystems. 

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute operates as a financial support system for academic and research programs through fellowships. The Institute’s scope includes law, management, arts, information science, environment, science and technology including biotechnology along with humanities and social sciences. Under the Globalink Research Internship program, up to 100 students per year from SICI partner universities in India may participate in this initiative. Under the Globalink Research Award program, up to 20 students from Canada and 80 students from India, taking into consideration the differences in population, may participate each year for the duration of the three-year partnership.


Alejandro Adem, Chief Scientific Officer, Mitacs

“Mitacs is thrilled to work with SICI and offer international collaboration opportunities to Indian and Canadian researchers. We are proud to be part of a unique opportunity that will strengthen research mobility and enhance collaboration between our two countries.”  

John Reid, Vice President, President Elect, SICI

“We are delighted to be partnering with Mitacs. The mobility of students at all levels that results from this agreement will be a key enhancement of the programs of the Shastri Institute, and will create opportunities across a wide disciplinary spectrum.”


About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from the best academic institutions at home and around the world.
  • Working with more than 65 universities, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design and more.
  • Mitacs’s Globalink program is funded by the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of Manitoba, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Quebec, as well as university partners.


About SICI:

  • SICI is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges.
  • SICI’s broad-based initiatives support the creation of binational links between academia, government, the business community and civil society organizations by funding research and hosting seminars.