Accelerate Research Internships

Mitacs Accelerate Program funding starts at $15,000, and the partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $7,500.
  • Full-time students at all Canadian colleges and full-time grad students at all Canadian universities
  • Full-time graduate students in select Mitacs partner countries (visit the  Accelerate International  for more details)
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students over the age of 18
  • All academic disciplines
  • Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organizations operating in Canada
  • Under the Accelerate Entrepreneur initiative, eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators. 
  • For-profit businesses operating outside of Canada
  • Faculty at all Canadian universities who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funds, and faculty at Canadian colleges
  • Faculty at universities outside of Canada
  • Professors who want to send interns to Canada must be located in a Mitacs partner country (see  Accelerate International  tab for details)
  • All disciplines
  • Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organizations
  • Under the Accelerate Entrepreneur initiative, eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators. 
  • For-profit businesses operating outside of Canada


  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada
  • For-profit businesses operating outside Canada
  • Under the Accelerate Entrepreneur initiative, eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators. 
  • Not-for-profit corporation eligibility and project economic orientation must be assessed prior to proposal submission
  • All sectors
Mitacs Accelerate offers two fellowships which provide longer-term funding:
Accelerate Entrepreneur

Accelerate Entrepreneur funds student entrepreneurs to further develop the research or technology at the core of their business when hosted by an incubator facility. Mitacs funding helps student entrepreneurs to take real, meaningful advantage of the supports provided by the incubator, with the goal of commercializing the technology, product, or service rapidly.  In a nutshell, they get paid to grow their company and get to market faster.

Find out more information on the website. 


SFU Instructions

*Note: ORS will sign off on the full application. The applicant (not ORS) will need to submit application to Mitacs. 

SFU signature sheet, application signature page, and copy of full application are due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline.

Please note the Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Process for Mitacs’ Accelerate

For Academic Supervisors:

  • Only supporting documentation resulting from SFU’s COI disclosure process* should be submitted at the same time when the application is submitted. Mitacs’ COI declaration form is not required.  Academic Supervisors’ COIs are evaluated during the application review period and outcomes of both application and COI disclosure process are issued together.

Important note

Academic Supervisor and Partner Organization Contact cannot be the same person.

For Interns:

  • Accelerate – Mitacs’ COI declaration form is due to before submitting the application. 

Important note:

SFU’s COI disclosure process* still applies here, regardless of the separate COI disclosure process determined by the sponsor.

*As a reminder, SFU’s COI disclosure process is as follows:

  • Step 1. PI or student (i.e. the person who is declaring the conflict of interest) completes PART A of the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form and submits for “one up” signature (i.e., Supervisor, Chair or Director).  
  • Step 2. Supervisor, Chair or Director reviews disclosure and completes PART B, determining whether a conflict of interest exists and whether it can be managed or disallowed. If the COI can be managed, decision, reason and conditions are captured in COI Management Plan.
  • Step 3.

a) If matter is research related, the Dean approves the COI Management Plan and the Dean/PI forwards it to Research Ethics.

 b) If not research related, the PI directly submits it to Research Ethics after PART B has been completed.

  • Step 4. Research Ethics reviews the Plan and:

a)    if the conflict involves research with human participants, forwards the Plan to the Research Ethics Board for approval, or

b)    if the project funds will be used to employ or reimburse expenses for PI’s immediate family, forwards the Plan to the Vice-President, Research for approval, and/or

c) notifies via e-mail the PI or student, supervisor, Chair or Director, Dean and Research Services, as appropriate, whether the COI management plan is accepted and approved or not.

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