Mitacs-UKRI agreement further advances largest Canada-UK graduate research partnership

Mitacs is pleased to announce a new agreement with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which has now officially launched as the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange. In collaboration with the Mitacs Globalink program as the platform, the integration of Mitacs programs with the research excellence of UKRI ensures that, to date, this will become the largest collaboration of its kind with an international partner.

The Mitacs-UKRI agreement will support approximately 400 doctoral student interns in total — 200 going to the UK from Canada, and 200 coming from the UK to Canada over a two-year period. The researchers will investigate university-based projects, develop global competencies, and support the creation of international research linkages between leading Canadian and UK universities and institutions.

The UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange partnership will ensure that Mitacs programs actively support the scientific and research objectives that both Canada and the UK share.    

“At Mitacs, we view international research collaborations as mutually beneficial to both Canada and our partner countries, and the UKRI agreement is a testament to that firm belief,” says Ridha Ben Mrad, Chief Research Officer, Mitacs.

Andrew Thompson, UKRI International Champion, added “This new agreement with Mitacs is a demonstration of the UK’s dedication to the exchange of knowledge and the pursuit of global innovation. The graduate research partnership is a significant and welcome addition to UK-Canada collaboration. The 400 doctoral students being supported through this agreement demonstrate how, together, we’re empowering the next generation of scientists and researchers to make the impossible, possible.”


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 70 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
Funded by the Government of Canada, Canadian provinces, and Canadian universities, the Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way research opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for undergraduate and graduate students.

About UKRI:

UK Research and Innovation works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven research councils, InnovateUK and Research England.