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MITACS supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core. Since 1999, Mitacs has been promoting academic-industrial R&D while supporting the development of future innovation leaders. Mitacs has developed a proactive and successful approach to supporting innovation, both directly through collaborative R&D and indirectly through long-term development of skilled human capital. In particular, Mitacs, helps companies identify their innovation needs and matches them with academic expertise; fosters cutting edge research tied to commercial outcomes, builds international research networks, creating innovation leaders in Canada and abroad, and, provides professional and entrepreneurship skills training for graduate students, so they have the tools to meet emerging innovation needs.