All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian home university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities. Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the home Canadian university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Student’s responsibilities

  • Make all necessary preparations for travel abroad with the appropriate university office(s)
  • Attend any mandatory sessions as required by the home university
  • Obtain appropriate visa or work permit for the destination
  • Ensure confidentiality of industry partner information as specified in the research plan
  • Work full-time on the research project
  • Submit a final report and exit survey to Mitacs at the end of the project

Canadian academic supervisor’s responsibilities

  • Adhere to institutional policies for research abroad
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the award
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the student

Industry partner’s responsibilities

  • Send the financial contribution to Mitacs in Canadian dollars
  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project
  • Advise the student on appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation
  • Provide the student with any necessary documentation to support the visa application
  • Ensure the student has appropriate lab and/or office space and resources during the research project and that activities are limited to those specified in the research plan
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the student

International academic supervisor’s responsibilities (if applicable)

  • Provide ongoing direction and research support to the student prior to and during the research project
  • Provide the student with any necessary documentation to support the visa application (where applicable)
  • Submit an exit survey and sign the final report prepared by the student

Adjudication

Applications for the Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award are peer-reviewed by subject matter experts. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their peer review approximately 6–8 weeks after the proposal submission.

Proposals will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  • Is there sufficient information to review this proposal?
  • Is the proposed project a research project at a level appropriate to the graduate student?
  • Are the project objectives achievable within the scope and timeline of the research project?
  • Are the proposed methodologies appropriate and sufficient to achieve the objectives?
  • If the applicants indicated that part of the research would take place outside the normal lab or business environment, do you feel the described environmental impact should be reviewed by an expert in environmental impact assessments?

Funding:

  • Mitacs issues the award letter and funds upon receipt of:
    • The student’s completed International Pre-Departure and Student Code of Conduct forms, respectively
    • Confirmation of project start and end dates
    • The industry partner’s $7,500 contribution
  • The award will be sent to the Canadian university’s Office of Research Services (or equivalent) and administered as a research grant in the Canadian supervisor’s name
  • The student must receive a minimum $10,000 stipend. Remaining funds must be used to support project-related research and travel related to the research project, including $2,500 minimum towards student travel costs. Mitacs funds must be spent according to the proposal budget and Tri-Council eligible expenses.
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek support from other funding sources and use prudence when allocating funds to travel and accommodations

Deliverables

The following deliverables must be submitted to Mitacs no later than one month after the project concludes:

  1. A final report that summarizes the project
    • The student is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisor(s)
  2. Exit surveys from the:
    • Student
    • Canadian academic supervisor
    • International industry partner
    • International academic supervisor (if applicable)

To learn more about these initiatives, visit the Globalink web page or contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca.