A New Mitacs Representative at the ÉTS
Unknown to many students, Mitacs programs (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) are designed to support research in all sectors by creating partnerships between universities and businesses, with the assistance of the federal and provincial governments. During the past 16 years, Mitacs has funded over 16,000 research internships, trained over 29,000 students and postdoctoral students, and supported over 1300 international research collaborations.
In recent months, the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal (ÉTS) has a full-time Mitacs representative to guide students and professors in their funding requests.
Mitacs Network – Then and Now
Mitacs was founded in 1999 by Nassif Ghoussoub, Don Dawson, Steve Halperin, and Luc Vinet as a Network for excellence centers. The creation of this group was in response to several problems in the area of research in mathematics at the time: declining graduate enrollment, researchers with no links with industry, and some of them even leaving the country. The program was ambitious: to promote mathematics as an industrial development tool and create career opportunities for graduate students. The first mathematical science internships were funded in 2003. Since then, Mitacs is growing exponentially. Mitacs has been financing areas other than mathematics for over ten years.
The first Mitacs office opened in Vancouver. Today, the organization has offices in Toronto and Montréal and has representatives across Canada. Mitacs maintains close ties with Universities and is present in most of them.
The following Figure shows the achievements of Mitacs to date.
In addition to the mathematics sector, Mitacs internships are now open to all fields including science, technology, engineering, medicine, business administration, humanities, and the arts.
The prerequisite for a Mitacs funding is that for each of the scholarships awarded, a contribution is paid by other private entities (companies of all sizes and certain NPOs). Mitacs facilitates collaborative innovation between professors, students and businesses that share the same interests. An agreement between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Mitacs allows them to make joint applications. Similar agreements also exist with consortia such as Genome Canada and the CIRAQ-CARIC.
Mitacs fundings serve as a financial leverage to encourage companies to invest in R & D projects, jointly with academic circles. Mitacs gives one dollar for each dollar invested by a private organization (businesses of all sizes and certain NPOs) in a research project. The funding of a research project through the Mitacs programs is granted as a scholarship to students.
The different Mitacs programs are presented in the following tables:
In addition to these programs, Mitacs offers free workshops that are open to all graduate students of the ÉTS. Other articles will follow during the year, giving more details on the various Mitacs programs and trainings that will have been selected by the ÉTS.
For More Information on Mitacs Programs
You can get more information at the Mitacs booth held every second Thursday of the month in the lobby of Pavilion A, near the cafeteria and elevator No. 1. You can also contact the Mitacs representative of the ÉTS, Marie-Laure de Boutray.