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Namrata Barai. June 17 th 2010. What is MITACS? . National research network funded by federal and provincial governments Federal government funds NCE, international operations and internships Provinces fund internships and training

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namrata barai

Namrata Barai

June 17th 2010

what is mitacs
What is MITACS?
  • National research network funded by federal and provincial governments
    • Federal government funds NCE, international operations and internships
    • Provinces fund internships and training
  • Connects Canadian researchers with companies and other organizations
  • Original focus exclusively mathematical sciences
  • Internship program now expanded to include all academic disciplines and industrial sectors
core business
Core Business
  • Mathematical sciences research projects
    • Large-scale, multi-year, multi-partner
    • Cross-Canada, cross-disciplinary internship program
  • MITACS International
    • Globalink, etc.
  • Skills Enhancement Program
  • Networking & Technical Training
  • Mathematics outreach
what is mitacs accelerate
  • Innovative made-in-Canada program
  • Links university faculty and grad students/PDFs with any department or discipline with Canadian companies
  • Focus - short-term research projects
how does it work
How does it work?
  • Company/Organization identifies the research problem
  • MITACS assists in identifying the appropriate expertise at the universities
  • Internships are funded equally by the company and MITACS with each contributing $7.5K
  • $15K is provided to professor as a research grant
    • Minimum of $10K given to student as stipend
    • Remaining funds -additional costs associated with project
  • Student spends portion of their time on site with company
more details
More details..
  • Partner eligibility
    • For Profit companies, Industry associations, Crown Corp
    • Not for Profit, Government, Community agencies, Hospitals
  • Streamlined application process
    • No application deadline
    • 4 weeks turn around with peer review process
    • Internship can start at anytime
  • Building blocks for larger projects
    • Each 4 month internship can be stacked together to create 8-24 month projects
  • Research in any field
    • Business areas- Marketing, HR, Operations
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
even more details
Even more details…
  • Very Flexible
    • Non industry partners with “significant” industry interaction
    • On site interaction can be substituted with field Work
    • Multiple partners (industry + non Industry)
    • Do not need a student to apply, as long as student is in place prior to start of internship.
    • Cluster programs –
      • Larger company contribution leads to higher matching ratio (1:1.7)
      • Minimum of 30K from company and 3 students involved
the mitacs advantage
The MITACS Advantage
  • Research projects are company driven
  • Leverages existing R&D budgets
  • HR recruitment tool; connecting you with potential employees
  • Facilitates new relationships with university-based researchers
  • No application deadlines; proposals accepted any time
how mitacs accelerate works

identify research opportunities

access research expertise

collaborative research



steaming ahead with multi fuel power boilers
Steaming ahead with Multi-Fuel Power Boilers
  • NORPAC Control Ltd specializes in industrial process optimization
  • The goal of this internship was to find ways to improve the operational efficiency of multi-fuel power boilers.
  • The intern was tasked to compare existing control algorithms for modelling and optimizing multi-fuel power boilers to recently published control algorithms in the academic literature.
steaming ahead with multi fuel power boilers1
Steaming ahead with Multi-Fuel Power Boilers


  • This exercise resulted in recommendations to incorporate some recent results into the existing optimization control modules.  
  • After additional testing, the new algorithms will be fully encapsulated in the boiler optimization software package and ready for general
other manufacturing examples
Other Manufacturing examples
  • Identifying and Prioritizing Critical to Quality Characteristics Partner: Research in MotionDiscipline: Statistics
  • Process Optimization of Kraft / Dissolving Pulp ManufacturingPartner: AV NackawicDiscipline: Engineering
  • Multivariate Analysis for Manufacturing Excursion Detection with Complex Equipment Containing Sub-SystemsPartner:Triant Technologies Inc.Discipline: Statistics
  • Does reducing postural variability lead to an increase in the prevalence of work-related injuries in lean automotive assembly?Partner: Pinnacle RehabilitationDiscipline: Kinesiology
why mitacs
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Front-line staff across country
  • Bilingual
  • Nimble
  • Results-oriented
  • Innovative
the mitacs community
The MITACS Community
  • 537 scientists
  • 1,080 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
  • 375 partners including:
    • Companies
    • Government (federal and provincial)
    • Not-for-profits
    • Hospitals and research institutes
  • 50 Canadian universities
  • 15 international universities
mitacs 10 years of success
MITACS… 10 years of success



  • Exponential growth in number of internships funded between 2003 - 2008
    • 2003 – 18 internships funded in math sciences
    • 2008 – 243 internships across all academic disciplines
    • Projection for 2009 600+ internships















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