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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
  • MITACS ACCELERATE
    • Cross-Canada, cross-disciplinary internship program
  • MITACS International
    • Globalink, etc.
  • Skills Enhancement Program
  • Networking & Technical Training
  • Mathematics outreach
what is mitacs accelerate
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
How MITACS ACCELERATE works

identify research opportunities

access research expertise

collaborative research

CANADIAN INDUSTRY

CANADIAN UNIVERSITY

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

Result:

  • 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
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

Internships

700

  • 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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more information please contact

More information, please contact

Namrata Barai: nbarai@mitacs.ca