Mitacs Accelerate

Value: $15,000 for 4-6 months, renewable
Student Research Funding

Mitacs-Accelerate is a graduate research internship program which connects graduate students and post-docs in any discipline at Canadian Universities with companies through short- to medium-term research projects which address a company need.

During a Mitacs-Accelerate internship, the intern spends approximately half of his or her time onsite with the company, collecting data and interacting with staff; the balance of time is spent at the university, developing innovative approaches to solving the research challenge in collaboration with faculty and fellow students. The program provides grad students and postdocs with the unique opportunity to apply their research to an issue faced by a company while making vital connections with industry. Faculty members benefit also from the program as it can be a stepping stone to establishing a greater collaboration with a private sector partner.

For each four-to-six-month internship, the company contributes $7,500 which is matched by Mitacs through the support of the Networks of Centres of Excellence’s Industrial R&D Internship Program and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Of the $15,000, the intern receives a minimum $10,000 stipend with the remaining $5,000 supporting other costs associated with the research project.

For more information about the Mitacs-Accelerate program, watch this video, visit their website linked below, and then contact Nolan Beise, Mitacs Business Development Specialist. Here's a blog on the Mitacs Accelerate: How-to at RRU

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