The Mitacs Accelerate industrial postdoc provides 1, 2 or 3 years of funding – valued at $55,000 per year – for a postdoctoral fellow in any discipline. This special initiative offers better leveraging than standard Mitacs Accelerate internships.

Postdoctoral fellows partner with a company or not-for-profit organization and build a longer-term research collaboration.


Companies and organizations gain a competitive advantage by adding a highly-skilled member to their teams while postdoctoral fellows apply their expertise to real-world problems and build business-ready skills.

  • Build a longer-term collaboration with a company or not-for-profit
  • Apply their expertise to real-world problems
  • Connect with a potential employer


For-profit corporations, including eligible intern-owned start-ups based at approved incubators, and eligible not-for-profit (NFP) corporations can participate. Projects with an NFP partner must demonstrate an economic or productivity orientation, which must be described in the proposal and will be evaluated by the peer reviewers.

Partners in Canada and abroad must have an office or site where the intern(s) undertakes at least 50% of the internship.

If you’re not sure if a partner is eligible, contact a Mitacs representative or accelerate(at)

Funding Available

Per year
Partner contribution $25,000
Total research funding  $55,000
Minimum postdoc stipend/salary $50,000
Maximum funds for research costs $5,000

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist January 11, 2019
Submission to Sponsor January 18, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.