Mitacs Canada

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Mitacs
Motto Inspiring Innovation
Founded 1999
Location
Area served
Canada
Key people

Chair: Diane Gray [1][2]

CEO and Scientific Director: Alejandro Adem [3][4]
Website www.mitacs.ca
Formerly called
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems

Mitacs is a non-profit, national research organization that manages and funds research and training programs for undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in partnership with universities, industry and government in Canada.[5]

Mitacs also supports two-way research collaboration between Canada and international partners.[6]

History[edit]

Mitacs was founded in 1999. The name originally stood for "The Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems"; use of this acronym was phased out as the organization's scope increased. In 2004, the Mitacs Accelerate program was launched, supporting 18 research internships between graduate students at Canadian universities and industry partners during its first year.[7] Since then, Mitacs has supported up to 10,000 internships through its programs.[8]

By 2020, Mitacs will support over 6,000 research projects annually through the Accelerate program.[9]

Mitacs Programs[edit]

Mitacs operates four programs and two pilot programs including:

Mitacs Accelerate[edit]

Research internships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with industry across all disciplines.

Mitacs Elevate[edit]

A two-year program providing postdoctoral fellows with professional and leadership development training, while leading a long-term research project with a partner organization.

Mitacs Globalink[edit]

Supports two-way research collaboration between Canada and international research partners.[10] In 2016, the Globalink Research Internship program welcomed 565 students across Canada.[11]

Mitacs Training[edit]

Skills training workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.Workshops cover project management, entrepreneurship, communication skills, and basics of the business environment.

Canadian Science Policy Fellowship[edit]

A pilot program that matches PhD-level researchers to government department agencies in support of evidence-based policy-making.[12]

Mitacs Converge[edit]

A pilot program that connects Canadian Small-to-Medium-sized Enterprises with multinational companies through R&D projects in collaboration with Canadian universities.

Funding[edit]

Mitacs is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, along with provincial governments, academic partners and research partners.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.centreportcanada.ca/corporate/the-corporation/executive-team/ "Diane Gray, Centreport Executive Team"
  2. ^ https://www.mitacs.ca/en/newsroom/news-release/diane-gray-appointed-new-chair-mitacs/ "Diane Gray appointed new chair of Mitacs"
  3. ^ "Dr. Alejandro Adem appointed CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs"
  4. ^ "Mitacs head has high hopes for Canadian innovation" Vancouver Sun. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Not headed for academia? Industry internships may be the answer" Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "See the world. But see Canada too". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "One + one = success" Archived 2014-09-13 at the Wayback Machine. University Affairs. Retrieved February 7, 2011
  8. ^ "Make me a match" Corporate Knights. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  9. ^ [1] Budget 2015, Government of Canada. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "See the world. But see Canada too". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Halifax researchers team up with students to tackle health care, environment projects". Halifax Chronicle Herald. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "New program allows scientists to get involved in federal policy-making". Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Government Partners Mitacs. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Building the Knowledge Economy Through Partnerships" Government of Canada. Retrieved January 21, 2013.

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