Mitacs: Special Thematic Call for the Globalink Research Award Program 2020-21

Mitacs has announced a special Thematic Call for the Globalink Research Award Program.   The deadline to apply is December 7, 2020 (the internal submission deadline is November 23, 2020), for projects with start dates between March 15, 2021 and February 28, 2022.  Projects have one year from the approval date to start.  Themes and subthemes are:

1. Artificial Intelligence: 

i. Responsible AI
ii. Data governance
iii. Future of work
iv. Innovation and commercialization

2. Quantum Technologies:

i. Quantum computing and simulation
ii. Quantum networking and communication
iii. Quantum sensing and metrology

3. Green Economy:

i. Sustainable industry
ii. Clean technology and materials
iii. Clean energy transition
iv. Healthy environments (includes Arctic research, oceans, sustainable agriculture and smart cities)

4. Pandemic Preparedness:

i. Pandemic preparedness and AI
ii. Social impact policy making
iii. Societal response to Covid-19 pandemic
iv. One Health


General Guidelines. This call is separate from the Lakehead-specific GRA program, and there is no co-pay requirement. Unless otherwise noted, research stays are for 3-6 months, and the award amount is CAD 6,000.  Travel in both directions is eligible - Lakehead students/PDF can travel to the partner, or a Lakehead faculty member can host a student/PDF from a partner. Unless otherwise noted, all Lakehead students, including international students, are eligible.  Up to 5 students may participate on a project (single project application). A specific partner may have specific eligibility criteria/restrictions, and/or program enhancements.

General Eligibility. unless otherwise noted for a specific partner:

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at a Canadian university or at an eligible university or institution outside Canada and remain as such throughout their GRA project period. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree
  • For participants travelling from Canada: cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada)
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award

Undergraduate eligibility

Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters.

Home and host supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at a Canadian university or must be recognized faculty members at their institutions outside Canada
  • Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding and to supervise graduate students in Canada or must be eligible to host graduate students at their institution outside Canada


Partners for this special themed call are:

Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation
China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)
France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
France: French Embassy in Canada
France: Université de Lorraine
Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)
Germany: Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST)
Korea: National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Singapore: AI Singapore (AISG)
Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University
Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)
United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

 * See the chart on the next page for specific institutions that are eligible, as well as partner-specific criteria.

To request an application:


For more information:

                Lakehead University:

Jill Sherman, International Research Facilitator, Office of Research Services, Lakehead University, Tel: 807-343-8014, email:


Mitacs – Business Development Representatives for Lakehead University

Wilson Luo | 226.787.4096 |
Christine Macdonald | 647.221.5709 |



Unless otherwise noted, undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible, travel in both directions is eligible (Lakehead students and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDF) can travel to the partner, or a Lakehead faculty member can host a student/PDF from a partner), and all four themes are eligible. Unless otherwise noted, all Lakehead students including international students are eligible. Please check eligibility restrictions for any deviations from the general eligibility criteria.


Eligibility Restrictions




Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Fundação Araucária Foundation  (State of Paraná, Brazil)

  • Centro Universitário de Maringá – UNICESUMAR
  • Instituto Federal do Paraná – IFPR
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUC
  • Universidade Estadual de Londrina – UEL
  • Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM
  • Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa – UEPG
  • Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste – UNICENTRO
  • Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná – UENP
  • Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE
  • Universidade Estadual do Paraná – UNESPAR
  • Universidade Federal da Fronteira do Sul – UFFS
  • Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana – UNILA
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR
  • Universidade Positivo
  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná – UTFPR
  • Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná



PDF only


From Canada to China only

China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)

All universities and research institutions in mainland China


To Canada:

PhD Students only.


From Canada:  Masters and PhD Students only

Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)

Centres de recherche Inria


From Canada only

French Embassy in Canada

All universities in France

Green Economy Theme only

Université de Lorraine



PhD & PDF Only


Artificial intelligence, Quantum technologies, Green economy themes only

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)

KIT departments and KIT divisions

PhD or PDF only

Jülich (Helmholtz Association)

  • Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C)
  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
  • Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI)
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
  • Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM)
  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
  • Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP)
  • Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA) 



Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

List of SICI India Eligible Institutions:


Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)


From Canada only

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) 

(AIST will cover round trip airfare and accommodation)


Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)


Travel from Canada only; for Citizens/PR of Canada only


National Research Foundation (NRF) Korea

All universities in Korea


Artificial Intelligence theme only


Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)


AI Singapore (AISG)


24 weeks in duration, award is CAD 12,000

AI Singapore


All Themes

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows (undergraduates not eligible)

National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University


All Themes


PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)

South Mediterranean University (MedTech and Mediterranean School of Business )


PhD Students only


Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada) 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

All universities in the UK (including Scotland)