Mitacs-Max Planck Society agreement expands Canada-Germany collaboration

Through the Globalink Research Award, the organizations will create opportunities for 20 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows per year

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs is pleased to announce a three-year agreement with Germany’s Max Planck Society (MPG) to create research exchange opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

The partnership will support 20 researchers each year starting in 2021 — 10 enrolled in Canadian universities and 10 associated with Max Planck Institutes located in Germany, the United States, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000 through the Globalink Research Award program for a 12- to 24-week project under the supervision of a faculty member at the host institution.

Open to biomedical, chemistry, physics, and technology disciplines, as well as the social sciences and humanities, the partnership aims to assist in the exchange of knowledge, strengthen international collaborations, and develop the next generation of innovators.

This is the first Mitacs-MPG formal agreement, building on an enduring and strong collaboration between Canada and Germany. In 2021, the countries are celebrating 50 years of the first Intergovernmental Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which established a basis for cooperation in the fields of science, technology, and innovation.

The details about the application process for researchers interested in the Mitacs-MPG collaboration will be released in the near future. More information about the Globalink Research Award can be found on the program’s page. If you have immediate questions, please reach out to Étienne Pineault, Director, International Business Development, at


Dr. Martin Stratmann, Max Planck Society, President

“This pandemic has highlighted two things, in particular: firstly, that international networking in research is the alpha and omega of research performance, and secondly, that young scientists are especially dependent on support whenever possible. After we were recently able to inaugurate a new Max Planck Centre together with the University of Toronto in the field of neurotechnology, the Memorandum of Understanding with MITACS is now a second great example of our successful and productive collaboration with Canadian institutions.”

Dr. John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“It is with great excitement that Mitacs signs the first agreement with Max Planck Society, an organization that has strong ties to Canada and is a global role model for scientific research. We are proud to support our country’s innovation ecosystem by offering a significant opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. The international connections established will drive outcomes for both countries, while honing the individual’s scientific and business skills.”

About Max Planck Society

  • The Max Planck Society is one of Germany’s leading non-profit research organizations in the field of basic research.
  • It is mainly financed by public funds from the federal government and the federal states. In addition, the Max Planck Society and its Institutes receive third party project funding from public and private contributions and from the European Union. The federal and state governments jointly provide the subsidies for the budget of the Max Planck Society.
  • More than 13,000 researchers at 86 Max Planck Institutes (MPIs) strive to extend frontiers and advance into new dimensions of knowledge.
  • The working environment at MPIs is open, stimulating and international. More than a third of around 13,000 scientists hold a foreign passport (including 4 directors with Canadian citizenship). They form a creative cosmos in which interdisciplinary and intercultural concepts and ideas come to bear.

About Mitacs

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.