Mitacs Indigenous Funding Support - Call for Proposals




Mitacs Accelerate

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Mitacs Indigenous Funding Support - Call for Proposals

Mitacs Accelerate Program


Mitacs is committed to working with Indigenous peoples by creating equitable access to their funding programs and has recognized that one of the biggest barriers for Indigenous organizations and students in accessing Mitacs programming is the financial contribution of partner organizations. Mitacs will be addressing this by offering an Indigenous call with discounted internships from December 1st, 2020 until January 29th, 2021.

Mitacs will be offering 3:1 matching on their Mitacs Accelerate internships for projects that have an Indigenous partner organization and/or an Indigenous intern. This means that for each internship unit, a $3750 + HST cash requirement is required by the eligible partner organization, and Mitacs contributes $11,250, for each $15,000 internship unit. The intern must self-identify as being Indigenous, or the partner organization is 50% owned or greater by an individual that self-identifies as Indigenous.


To be eligible for the Indigenous funding support, the partner organization must be 50%+ owned by an individual that self-identifies as Indigenous or the selected intern must self-identify as Indigenous.

Not-for-profit organizations are also eligible if their board of directors is composed of at least 50% self-identified Indigenous people, or if the mandate of the organization is Indigenous focused.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Minimum four month internship.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Register for the free webinar to learn more on how Mitacs supports Indigenous-owned businesses.

Internal Deadline

Faculty supervisor to submit signed OR-5 form, full proposal/budget, including the signed memorandum to

External Deadline

Applicant submits full application, including fully signed memorandum, directly to Mitacs representative.

How to Apply

  1.  Review the following information when you begin writing your proposal:
  1. Get feedback on the proposal from all participants and your Mitacs business development representative
  2. Collect all required signatures: intern(s), professor(s), partner contact, and university Office of Research Services (proposal, OR-5 and signed Memorandum must be submitted to Office of Research Services one week prior to deadline date).
  3. Email your proposal package to your Mitacs representative once all signatures are obtained.
For Questions, please contact

Mitacs Business Development Representative
Emily Gordon

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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