ACCELERATE Industry R&D InternshipsACCELERATE, administered by MITACS with the financial support of the Government of Canada, connects companies with high-quality research expertise within universities. Graduate student interns, under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, undertake a 4 or 8 month project that investigates a research challenge experienced by a partner company.
TRTech has partnered with MITACS to extend the TRTech ACCELERATE Industry R&D Internship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. TRTech is seeking company and/or graduate student participation in the internship program, and is targeting for 20 internships for Year 1 (2009) and 35 internships for Year 2 (2010).
TRTech ACCELERATE internships offer at least $10,000 over a four month period, and interns benefit through the TRTech connection by being directly linked to an industry project of interest.
- Tap into the expertise within Canada's universities
- Expanded R&D activity for a $7,500 investment
- Develop valuable relationships with universities to facilitate future collaborative opportunities
- Connect with the next generation of brain power, and potential future employees
Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows:
- Gain exposure to industrially-relevant research
- Connect with potential future employers
- Develop valuable professional relationships with industry and other non-academic organizations
- Obtain increased graduate stipends
- Expand joint research projects between industry and university
- Develop new research projects resulting from internship research
- Obtain new research funding
- Projects are a minimum of 4-months in duration.
- Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding, with the partner organization and TRTech ACCELERATE each providing $7,500 of this amount.
- Funds are limited to supporting the direct costs of research including the intern stipend.
- The intern will receive a stipend from the academic supervisor using the internship grant.
- It is recommended that the intern receive approximately $10,000 per 4-month internship.
- Any funds over and above the intern stipend will be used to support research related to the internship.
- The intern must be a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at a university in western Canada.
- The intern works directly with an academic supervisor at the university and a supervisor at the partner organization.
- The intern, academic supervisor and partner supervisor will meet at the initiation of the internship to agree on the research plan.
- The intern will undertake a research project which has the potential to lead to, or supplement, the student’s thesis in the case of a graduate student or to further the PDF’s research program
- The intern will remain a student of their university while (s)he is an intern and shall not be an employee of the partner organization during this time
- The internship funds will be awarded as a grant to the academic supervisor
- Master's students can hold a maximum of two internships during their degree; Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows can hold a maximum of three internships.
- Please note that the above limits correspond to an individual’s current degree/position; for example, a PhD student who held two internships as a Masters student may apply for more as a Ph.D. student
- Each 4-month internship can be applied for individually as separate proposals, whereas longer (8 month) projects can be supported through a double proposal (which counts as two internships).
- 50% of an intern's time is spent on site with a partner company, with the remaining 50% spent at the intern's university.
Intellectual Property Management:
- Internships involving TRTech affiliated faculty and students working an internship project as part of a graduate thesis will be guided by TRTech's university agreements (the university owns the IP but TRTech maintains exclusive rights of use)
- Internships orchestrated by TRTech involving one of its industry partners, but with an internship project not within the scope of the TRTech commercialization program will be guided by IP policy of the participating university.