Mitacs and Brazil’s CAPES collaborate for undergraduate research

Ottawa, ON — The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and  Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, signed a new agreement for Brazilian students to perform research internships in Canada, continuing a partnership from 2010.

In the presence of his Excellency Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, the agreement was signed by Mitacs interim CEO and Scientific Director, Rob Annan. The goal is to provide opportunities for up to 450 undergraduate students over four years.


Rob Annan, interim Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“The agreement with CAPES will provide Canadian faculty and universities new opportunities to benefit from students’ international perspectives, while showing young researchers the breadth of Canadian research opportunities available.”

Quick facts:

  • This new agreement follows a 2010 cooperation agreement between CAPES and Mitacs. Over the last four years, 162 students have travelled from Brazil to Canada for Mitacs’ research internships.
  • Brazil is a priority partner under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan and International Education Strategy. Mitacs Globalink is a key element of the International Education Strategy, which was launched by Minister of International Trade Ed Fast on January 15, 2014.
  • Since 2009, Mitacs has matched over 1,000 international senior undergraduates with Canadian faculty through its Globalink initiative.
  • To further strengthen international research collaborations, Mitacs Globalink now offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and partner countries — China, Brazil, France, India, Mexico, Turkey, Vietnam — for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Within Canada, Mitacs has worked with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.

Mitacs’ interim CEO, Rob Annan is greeted by His Excellency Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada.

Mitacs’ interim CEO, Rob Annan signs the agreement in the presence of His Excellency Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada and Ricardo Bernhard, also from the Embassy of Brazil.