New program gets fed funding to accelerate research

Accelerate Canada, a new national internship program, receives $8.6 million in federal funding to facilitate research between graduate students and corporate Canada. Managed by Network of Centres of Excellence MITACS and supported by 14 other national organizations and NCEs, the Accelerate program brings together university researchers and companies in a collaborative effort to solve industry challenges through work supported by 1,200 internships over the next two years. Each four-month, $15,000 internship will be co-funded by the partner company, the province where the company is located and the Government of Canada’s Industrial R&D Internship Program. “The students will get valuable private sector experience, while Canadian business partners can tap into the skills, talent and creativity of our next generation of R&D superstars who will excel in our increasingly competitive world,” says Jim Prentice, minister of industry. Accelerate Canada was initiated after a five-year pilot project successfully placed over 530 graduate students in internships across the country. The preliminary program supported a number of internships in Ontario. Here in Ottawa, Alcatel-Lucent provided internships to nine Carleton U graduate students whose internship research included looking at how to improve network security and how to speed the flow of internet traffic through routers and other network equipment. “Ontario companies not only benefit from gaining access to the latest research developments taking place within Canada’s universities but they have the opportunity to collaborate with high-quality potential employees who possess the skills and drive to help these companies take their business to the next level,” says Dr. Arvind Gupta, scientific director at MITACS. All Canadian post-secondary institutions that offer graduate programs are eligible to take part in the Accelerate Canada program. For more information or to apply for an internship, please visit www.acceleratecanada.ca.

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