Ottawa, June 18, 2009 - Four colleges and one CEGEP will work with their communities and local businesses to get new innovations from the campuses into the marketplace where Canadians can benefit from them. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced funding for the projects under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program.
"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Goodyear. "Colleges and CEGEPs play a vital role in building innovative communities. This funding will help them work with their local businesses to move their research out into the marketplace."
Today's $11.5 million in funding is provided through the CCI Program, a joint initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Established as a permanent program by the Government in Budget 2007, CCI enables colleges and CEGEPs to develop or expand research transfer activities in their communities through partnerships with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.
The four colleges and the one CEGEP were selected for funding following a peer-review competition. They will each receive $2.3 million over five years. They join the eight inaugural CCI projects announced in February 2009. The funded projects focus on a variety of research areas, including biotechnology, new media and gaming, and computerized healthcare records systems.
"The CCI Program builds on NSERC's other initiatives that foster collaboration between industry and postsecondary institutions," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC, which administers the program. "The partners will be working on important, multifaceted Canadian problems while benefitting their local communities. We look forward to helping them achieve their maximum potential and impact."
More information on the CCI Program and the five funded projects is available in the backgrounder provided below.
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The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program provides institutions with funding to stimulate applied research transfer in their communities. CCI supports projects in environmental science and technology; natural resources and energy; health and related life sciences and technology; and information and communication technology.
The program was launched in 2004 as a joint pilot project of the three federal granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Acknowledging the pilot's success, the Government of Canada made CCI a permanent program in Budget 2007. The program currently supports projects at 13 colleges and CEGEPS across Canada.
Projects are selected through a rigorous peer review process that includes assessment by a Private Sector Advisory Board comprised of leaders from the Canadian business R&D sector. Each of the recipients from this second CCI competition will receive $2.3 million over five years.
Round 2 – 2009 Funded Projects:
La Cité collégiale, Ottawa, Ont.:In 2003, La Cité collégiale became the first French postsecondary institution to establish a specialized four-year bachelor program in applied biotechnology. The program includes a research component that allows students and teachers to work in partnership with industry. The college will build on the strong research foundation of this program and expand its capacity to conduct applied research in biotechnology.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C.:Emily Carr University researchers will link between the institution and British Columbia's new media industry, one of the strongest in Canada. Applied research projects will focus on the convergence of 3D virtual worlds, games and information representation, and will be based at Emily Carr's state of the art research facility for New Media and Design.
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, Lévis, Que.:This CEGEP will enhance the industrial research capacity of its technology transfer centre, TransBIOTech. TransBIOTech's team will focus on commercializing research in several fields related to biotechnology, such as immunology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, microbiology and pharmacology.
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Hamilton, Ont.:Mohawk College will develop a working example of the national Electronic Health Records Solution (EHRS). Once launched, the EHRS program will connect 40,000 health care support systems across Canada, providing health professionals with a centralized system for accessing a patient's complete medical history. Mohawk College's project team and their industry partners will build and demonstrate options to simplify and standardize connections to the EHRS by doctor's offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, etc. The Mohawk research team will also create a new software development program to train health informatics professionals in Canada.
Sheridan College, Toronto, Ont.: Toronto is the heart of the Canadian film and television industry, making it an ideal location for Sheridan's Centre for Real-time Production (CRP). The CRP research team will develop new digital media technologies; facilitate innovation and commercialization across screen-based sectors and between content, service and platform companies; and investigate the challenges and opportunities new digital media technologies present for content development companies operating across multiple platforms.