Accelerate for Businesses

Grants to Canada nonprofit and for-profit organizations to collaborate with universities for research projects in any sector. Applicants must consult staff before applying. The purpose of this program is to solve research challenges by engaging academic expertise. This program supports proposals from partner organizations and academic researchers.
This program helps applicants solve their research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need.Benefits:Access academic expertiseBuild a customized research plan with support from Mitacs representativesAugment your R&D budgetGet better leveraging for projects with three or more interns and six or more internshipsIdentify new markets, commercialize results, and assess potential employeesAccelerate International projects can be undertaken in the following Mitacs partner countries and regions:BrazilChinaEuropean UnionFranceGermanyUnited KingdomTravel to other EU countries only where projects are a part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) RISE programHong KongIndiaIsraelJapanKoreaMacaoMexicoNorwaySingaporeTaiwanTunisiaUnited StatesFor eligible expenses, see here:

Sub Title
Grants to Canada Nonprofits and Businesses to Collaborate with a University on a Research Project
Funding Source


Ongoing - Submit proposals at least eight (8) weeks prior to the planned start date of the internship. For international travel, a minimum of 16 weeks lead time is required.
Eligibility Criteria

See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Term of Contract

Each internship unit must be no less than 4 months and no greater than 6 months.

Interns may complete up to 4 internship units (4-6 months each) during a Master’s degree, and up to 8 internship units during a PhD, and Post-doctoral Fellows may complete a maximum of 9 internship units.

The start date of the internship has to be after research approval and the receipt of the partner funds at Mitacs.

Estimated Size of Grant
Per 4- to 6-month unit: $15,000 For six or more units with three or more interns: $13,300 per project unit