Program Details

  • Apply anytime
  • Six- to eight-week peer review
  • College students can do 3 four-to-six month internships, master’s students can do up to 6 four-to-six month internships, PhD students can do up to 12, and postdocs can do up to 9. While undergraduates, other university students (ex. diploma programs), and recent graduates can do up to 3 four-to-six month internships.
  • The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship supports longer-term projects for master’s and PhD students
  • Internships start at four months
  • Spend approximately 50% of the internship with the academic institution and 50% with the partner organization
  • Submit a final report and exit survey summarizing project results and experiences
  • Follow the Accelerate Code of Conduct
  • Apply your skills in a non-academic environment
  • Broaden your professional network
  • Get a stipend/salary starting at $10,000 per four-month period
  • Build out your CV with peer-reviewed research

Funding

Partner contribution starts at $7,500 per internship unit (4-6 months), which results in a $15k research award. Of the $15K award, the intern will receive a minimum $10k stipend/salary.

If a project has 6 or more internship units with 3 or more interns, it is possible for the partner organization to contribute $6000 per internship unit instead. This will receive a $13,300 research award with a $10k minimum stipend to the intern.

Review Mitac’s previous special Accelerate funding offers

Eligibility

  • Students and postdoctoral fellows at Mitacs partner colleges and universities in Canada. Postdoctoral fellows are eligible if the date of graduation from a PhD program is less than five years to the proposed start date of the project. Exceptions are available for extenuating circumstances such as parental leave or military service. Fellows must not have been employed full-time at the partner organization prior to applying.
  • Recent graduates (must be within two years of graduation at the start of their project), and non-degree students (diploma, certificate, etc) are eligible at the academic institution’s discretion (any interested applicants should check with their institution to first determine whether they are able to support other types of university students before drafting an application
  • Full-time graduate students in select Mitacs partner countries (visit the Accelerate International tab for more details)
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students over the age of 18
  • All academic disciplines
  • For-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada
  • For-profit businesses operating outside of Canada (please see Accelerate International)

How to Apply

  1. Review the following information when you begin writing your proposal:
  • Eligible research and adjudication criteria
  • Writing Your Proposal guide
  • Policies
  1.  Get feedback on the proposal from all participants and your Mitacs Advisor
  2.   Determine the right application process for your project (information below).

Please note that for the 2024-2025 fiscal year, running from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025 there is limited funding available for Accelerate in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

For further details and before initiating an Accelerate application in the respective provinces, please contact your Mitacs Advisor

Proposals from British Columbia, Yukon, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are not subject to restrictions.

NEW: Accelerate is going digital!

We are thrilled to announce that Mitacs is launching an online application portal for our Accelerate program. This application portal is a first step towards digitizing our entire application process, by phasing out our paper applications and leveraging digital tools to further enhance your application experience.

To see if your project is a good fit for the digital process, please review the criteria below. Program outcomes, requirements, and Award values remain the same in each application process.

To be eligible for the new digital process, your project must:

  1. Use one, or a combination of the following Award values:
    1. $10,000 Standard Award (1:1)
    2. $15,000 Standard Award (1:1)
    3. $13,333 Cluster Funding (1:1.2) (Eligibility: 3 or more unique interns, and a minimum of 6 internship units)
  2. Not be joint funded.
  3. Have no known COIs at the point of application.
  4. Contain 10 internship units or less.

Please note the digital option cannot yet accommodate Indigenous Pathways and Masters and PhD Fellowship Award values at this time, or any joint-funded application. We strive to enable these in the digital application as soon as possible. Additional conditions to eligibility may apply.

Does your project seem like a good fit? Please follow the application steps below, otherwise please follow the steps under “Accelerate (Non-Digital Process)”.

Steps to apply using the digital process:

Step 1: Click here to download the Accelerate application for the digital process.

Step 2: Apply on the Accelerate Registration and Application Portal (RAP)

 

Accelerate (Non-Digital Process)

The Accelerate Program is incrementally transitioning to a digital application process. To see if your project is a good fit for the digital process, please review the Accelerate Digital Application Process option above. Program outcomes, requirements, and Award values remain the same in each application process.

Steps to apply using the non-digital process:

Step 1: Download the Accelerate application for the non-digital process. These can be downloaded in the “Application” section below.

Step 2: Collect all required signatures: intern(s), professor(s), partner contact, and university Office of Research Services or equivalent

Step 3:  Email your proposal package to your Mitacs Advisor

Note: Interns travelling internationally (whether to or from Canada) for an Accelerate project must visit our Accelerate International page for additional instructions and requirements.

 PROPOSAL PACKAGE

  • Accelerate proposal (under Applications). Please note that only the latest version of the Mitacs Accelerate template proposal will be accepted.
  • Intern CV located under Applications (interns may use Mitacs’s optional template)

Please be sure to include supporting documents as required by your university or province.

For projects with international travel, you can submit the following documents after the submission of the proposal; however, funds will not be released until Mitacs receives these forms.

For travel abroad: 

International pre-departure form
Code of Conduct

For travel to Canada: 

International pre-departure form
Code of Conduct

What happens next

  1. Peer review of your proposal will take approximately six to eight weeks. Proposals with multiple internships or that require revisions may take longer.
  2. Partner organizations will receive an invoice (refundable if not approved), so that the intern receives payment when the project begins
  3. Mitacs will contact all participants with the outcome and applicable instructions.
  4. Mitacs forwards the Accelerate funds to the academic institution upon receipt of the partner contribution and the proposal’s approval

Application timeline

Questions? Consult the FAQ or reach out to accelerate@mitacs.ca.

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Project Name Terms, Conditions & Policies
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Mitacs Terms, Conditions & Policies
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Program Administration

Mitacs invoices a partner organization upon submission of their Accelerate proposal. Upon receipt of the partner’s contribution, Mitacs forwards the research award to the Canadian academic institution. No funds will be released to the academic institution until the invoice has been paid and the proposal is approved. Mitacs has no control over when funds are administered by the academic institution. If you have questions about your Accelerate award after Mitacs has released funds, contact your academic institution’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent).

Mitacs’ policy is to take no position and claims no intellectual property (IP) from projects it funds. All Mitacs Accelerate participants are bound by the IP terms of the academic institution where the intern is enrolled. IP is left to be shared between the academic institution, its researchers, and the partner organization, according to the IP rules of the academic institution, unless a separate agreement is negotiated.

The following universities have developed their own IP terms for Mitacs projects:

Note that these IP agreements may not apply to joint applications with other funding organizations.

External reviewers for internship proposals receive the following questions to guide their assessment of the proposal:

  1. Mitacs Accelerate supports research-based internships. Does the proposed project qualify as research in its discipline?
  2. Is the project appropriate for the academic degree level of the intern(s)?
  3. Are the objectives clear?
  4. Is the methodology appropriate to achieve the objectives?
  5. Is the timeline realistic?
  6. Other comments and suggestions for the applicants. For example, is there prior work that should be considered by the researchers?
  7. Confidential comments for Mitacs:
  8. Will the research work potentially have adverse effects on the environment? Do you recommend that an additional environmental impact review be conducted?

Proposals for large and long-term projects may sometimes involve significant technical or scientific uncertainties, complex project management plans, or highly structured intern recruitment, supervision, and training plans. In these situations, Mitacs reserves the right to hold a review meeting between applicants and reviewers to support the assessment of such proposals before arriving at a final funding decision. The need for such a review meeting will be determined as part of the review process, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible if a review meeting needs to be scheduled.

Responsibilities

The following steps outline the responsibilities of each Mitacs Accelerate participant before, during, and after their project. For projects with multiple internships, each intern is responsible for his or her individual steps.

Mitacs Accelerate Terms and Conditions outline participants’ responsibilities in further detail — each participant is expected to understand and adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the program.

  • Confirm the internship start date with your professor and partner. Notify Mitacs if your start date changes.
  • Develop a research plan with your professor and partner. Confirm intellectual property requirements with your academic institution.
  • Read and follow the Accelerate code of conduct.
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Start the internship only after funds have been forwarded to the academic institution.
  • For internships with international travel: International Pre-departure form and Code of Conduct must be received before the internship can begin.
  • Organize monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Spend approximately 50% of your time on site with the partner.
  • Spend approximately 50% of your time at the academic institution(s).
  • Maintain student or postdoc status at the university, or student status at the college, for the duration of your internship.
  • Consider taking a Mitacs Training workshop before or during your internship. Topics include essential interpersonal, project management, and entrepreneurial skills.
    • Complete a final report and submit it to Mitacs EDGE.
    • Intern must submit the final report no later than one month after the conclusion of the Accelerate internship
    • The final report template can be accessed on the EDGE platform and should:
    • Identify future research plans
    • Identify benefits for the partner organization
    • Summarize research goals, research techniques used, and research outcomes
    • Be no more than three pages in length 
    • Please upload completed final report to your EDGE profile
    • Complete the Accelerate Intern Exit Survey. You will receive an email from Mitacs with the survey link shortly after you complete your internship. 
    • Add your Accelerate internship and Training courses to your CV and LinkedIn profile  
    • Sign up for the newsletter (optional). As a participant in a Mitacs program, you can receive exclusive updates on job postings, funding and research opportunities, courses, and more.
    • Acknowledge all Mitacs-sponsored results, including work by professors, postdocs, other interns, and research associates with the following statement: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

  • Develop a research plan with the intern(s) and partner. Confirm intellectual property requirements with your academic institution.
  • Provide feedback to the intern(s) to improve the quality of the proposal.
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Confirm the internship start date with the intern(s).
  • Start the internship only after funds have been forwarded to the Canadian academic institution.
  • Take fiduciary responsibility for the Mitacs grant (Canadian university professors only).
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project.
  • Attend monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Supervise the intern(s) during their internship activities at the academic institution.
  • Sign the final report.
  • Complete an exit survey.
  • Acknowledge Mitacs-funded results with the following: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

  • Develop a research plan with the intern(s) and professor(s).
  • Provide feedback to the intern(s) to improve the quality of the proposal.
  • Confirm the project start date with the intern(s).
  • Agree to protect and keep confidential intern(s)’s personal information with any third party, unless granted written permission by intern(s).
  • Ensure appropriate insurance coverage, as necessary.
  • Pay the contribution upon receipt of the Mitacs invoice. Projects can only begin after Mitacs has received the partner payment and forwarded the Accelerate grant to the academic institution. 
  • Attend monthly status meetings and update Mitacs as necessary.
  • Supervise the intern(s) during their on-site internship activities.
  • Provide access to the project site for an in-person assessment at Mitacs’s request.
  • Sign the final report.
  • Complete an exit survey.
  • Acknowledge Mitacs-funded results with the following: “This work was supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs Accelerate program.”

  • Mitacs Accelerate internships require the active participation of the intern, professor, and partner organization. All participants should attempt to fulfill their project obligations.If all parties are in agreement, a project or individual internship may be terminated. If one party wants to cancel the internship without other parties’ agreement, s/he must first notify them in writing and allow 30 days for resolution of outstanding issues.Any funds remaining after a cancelled internship must be returned to Mitacs.

FAQs

Recent college and university graduates (any level) are eligible, at the discretion of the academic institution.

  • Must have status at a Canadian academic institution
  • Check with your institution to find out what status(es) are available for recent grads
  • Internship must start within two years of graduation
  • Normally eligible for one 4-6-month internship but may do up to three depending on the needs of the project and the discretion of the academic institution
  • All program expectations remain the same: the intern must have an academic supervisor and split their time between the academic institution and the partner organization
  • Recent Graduates are eligible for standard Accelerate and Accelerate Entrepreneur

Yes. Partner organizations are welcome to contribute additional funding but Mitacs will not provide any additional funding outside of the standard award. [This additional partner funding should be included in the application budget and the anticipated use of funds (e.g., stipend/salary top-up, specialized equipment).] Top-up funds must be received at Mitacs at the same time as the minimum contribution and will be added to the award and forwarded to the academic institution.

Interns are required to spend at least 50% of their internship on site with the partner organization. In exceptional circumstances, interns may spend less than half of the internship with their partner. Consult with your Business Development Specialist to determine if your project is eligible.

Mitacs does not have any restrictions on its recipients holding other grants.
You are responsible to determine if your other grants have such restrictions prior to applying to Accelerate.

Direct interaction and supervision by the partner organization for a portion of the internship is a key feature of Mitacs’s Accelerate, BSI and Elevate programs. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitacs required that interns spend time on site at the partner organization to benefit from this interaction and supervision. Now that the technology to enable virtual work has greatly improved and many workplaces have hybrid or fully virtual operations, Mitacs will continue to allow interaction with the partner organization in our internship programs to take place virtually as well as in person.

When writing their application, participants should focus on the nature of the interaction with the partner and plan for high-quality interaction and supervision regardless of whether it takes place in person, virtually or hybrid. Mitacs still encourages on-site interaction at the partner when it is logistically feasible.

* Note that Globalink and Accelerate International are international mobility programs. For this reason, travel and time spent on site with collaborators are still required in these programs.

Internships are 4–6-month units of a research project, valued at $15K per unit, with $7,500 from both the partner organization and Mitacs, to support post-secondary research projects. Funds flow through the academic institution with a stipend to the student at a minimum of $10K, with up to $5K to support research costs. Please refer to the Funding section for an illustrated explanation.

Mitacs cannot find partner organizations for individual interns. For tips on finding a partner organization, view the Research Partnerships 101 webinar, talk to your academic supervisor, or visit the Researchers Wanted page.

Please refer to Mitacs Conflict of Interest Policy (found in the downloadable General Mitacs Terms, Conditions & Policies zip file under How To Apply) for more details. If there is a conflict of interest, please discuss with your Mitacs Business Development representative before applying.

In order to apply for Mitacs Accelerate projects, you would need both an academic partner and a non-academic partner (e.g. a partner organization such as a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation) who would also be benefiting from the research.

For-profit corporations, including eligible intern-owned start-ups based at approved incubators, and eligible not-for-profit (NFP) corporations, municipalities, and hospitals can participate. Projects with an NFP, municipality or hospital partner must demonstrate an economic or productivity orientation, which must be described in the proposal and will be evaluated by the peer reviewers. Contact your Mitacs representative to verify eligibility of NFP, municipality, and hospital partners.
Partners in Canada and abroad must have an office or site where the intern(s) undertakes at least 50% of the internship.
If you’re not sure if a partner is eligible, contact a Mitacs representative or accelerate@mitacs.ca.

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Mitacs forwards Accelerate funds to the student’s academic institution only after it has received the contribution from the student’s partner organization. Please allow two weeks for processing upon receipt of this contribution. Interns travelling to Canada should be aware that their funding may not be available until they arrive in Canada. Mitacs recommends that interns contact their Canadian host university’s Office of Research Services prior to the project to determine when they can access funds.

Invoices must be paid in full to Mitacs prior to any internship funds being sent by Mitacs to the university. Please note that all partner funds must be sent directly to Mitacs and not to the university. The funds must be received in advance of the internship start date.

Certain requirements must be met to be eligible to request a project extension. Please see the criteria below and contact your Mitacs Advisor for next steps. If your case does not meet the criteria below, you may submit a new project funding application.

1. Applicants who have an approved Mitacs Accelerate project may apply for a funding extension of 1 internship unit (IU) per intern — to a maximum of 10 IUs per project. Applications for an extension can be submitted once the internship(s) being extended is/are at least 75% through their original timeline. The funding extension shall be used to:

• Complete the existing project in cases where the project has experienced delays due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., lack of access to facilities due to COVID-19, sample delays due to transportation, seasonal delays in fieldwork, etc.)

• Broaden the scope of the project (e.g., conducting additional tests, including additional samples, adding data sources for analysis, etc.)

• In either case, the request cannot be used to add new objectives or change existing project objectives.

2. Extensions must be requested within 4 months from when the intern completed their last IU on the project. In cases where a new intern is being added to the project, the request must be submitted within 4 months from the end of the last IU completed on the project.

3. If the extensions will be used to add a new intern to the project, a New Intern Profile form and the new intern’s CV will be required along with this completed form.

4. All interns must remain eligible (including respecting maximum internship allocation) to hold Mitacs internships for the duration of the extension period.

5. No discounts or enhanced leveraging options are available to fund the extension internships. Only standard funding models may apply, regardless of the funding models for the original project. Partner organizations are required to contribute additional funds for the extension period.

Mitacs Accelerate internships require the active participation of the intern, professor, and partner organization. All participants should attempt to fulfill their project obligations.
If all parties are in agreement, a project or individual internship may be terminated. If one party wants to cancel the internship without other parties’ agreement, s/he must first notify them in writing and allow 30 days for resolution of outstanding issues.
Any funds remaining after a cancelled internship must be returned to Mitacs. For more information, please refer to the downloadable General Mitacs Terms, Conditions & Policies zip file found under How To Apply.

Participants should check their spam or junk folder. If they still haven’t received it, they should contact evaluation@mitacs.ca.

The Mid-Term surveys are mid-term checks that are sent to Accelerate Interns & the partner organizations at the midpoint of each internship unit on the project, to check-in and ensure that the internship started as originally proposed, to address any issues, and to offer an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback to the Accelerate team during the internship.

Participants should receive an invitation within the 30 days following the completion of their internship/fellowship.