Mitacs applauds Government of Canada for $13.8M investment in new Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence


Vancouver, BC – November 6, 2012 – Mitacs, today, commended the Government of Canada’s creation of a new research network aimed at fostering collaborative research activities between Canada and India.

The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community

Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) will bring expert researchers from three of Canada’s leading universities – the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto – together with internationally regarded academic institutions in India, industrial leaders, community members, NGOs, regulatory agencies and associations, and government officials, to create a critical mass of international experts who can find solutions and create Healthy Communities in Canada and India.

IC-IMPACTS will receive 13.8M in funding over 5 years, as announced today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in New Delhi, India.  

“With this announcement, the Federal Government is sending a clear message that international collaboration and the creation of linkages between researchers in Canada and India will result is the exchange of ideas, new technologies and research and training opportunities for highly-qualified personnel in both countries,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director of Mitacs. “We look forward to partnering with IC-IMPACTS through our Globalink program.”

Mitacs is a national research network that develops the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. Mitacs-Globalink, launched in 2009 brings top international undergraduate students to Canada for short-term summer research internships. In the first year of the program, 17 students from India came to Canada; in 2012, the program expanded to 250 students from four countries and included 108 students from India.