Mitacs and France expand R&D partnership for economic growth

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs and Campus France expanded a partnership agreement to support bilateral industrial research internships for graduate students in Canada and France through Mitacs’ Globalink program.

Starting in September 2017, the three-year agreement will provide up to 40 students from each country the opportunity to participate in 16- to 24-week industrial research internships with companies abroad.

Mitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, and Campus France is a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and research as well as international mobility. Through the agreement Mitacs and Campus France will promote the economic growth and prosperity of both countries through international cooperation.

The signing took place at the Canadian ambassador’s residence in Paris, and was signed by Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Thierry Valentin, Deputy General Director of Campus France.

During the event, Mitacs also signed a MOU with the Government of France for the France-Canada Research Fund. Mitacs will match the Government of France’s contribution towards the Fund, and support research internships for up to 10 graduate students over three years. The Fund is jointly chaired by Mona Nemer, Vice President, Research, at the University of Ottawa, and Jacques Samarut, Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Our expanded agreement with Campus France will provide graduate students in both countries with new opportunities to engage with international businesses. This partnership signifies Canada’s and France’s shared commitment to talent development and economic growth.”

Mona Nemer and Jacques Samarut, Co-Chairs, France-Canada Research Fund

“Mitacs has already been an essential partner for France. For the France Canada Research Fund, this agreement with Mitacs means a significant step towards further integration within the scientific cooperation Canada-France.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs Globalink offers two-way student mobility initiatives with universities and companies from around the world to build and strengthen international research networks and to undertake research projects of mutual interest.
  • This new agreement follows a 2014 cooperation agreement between Mitacs and Campus France.
  • Within Canada, Mitacs works with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.
  • Mitacs acknowledges the Government of Canada, along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, and the Government of Quebec for their support.

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Photo: Thierry Valentin, Deputy General Director of Campus France, and Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs.