Note: The sentence on the allocation of an Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges grant to Sheridan College should have read as follows: Sheridan College received 1 million dollars for a new NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Mobile Computing.
Oakville, Ontario, May 8, 2012 — The Government of Canada will support 35 community colleges and cégeps that will be partnering with businesses to conduct research projects in the areas of information and communications technologies, environmental technologies, natural resources and energy. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology made the announcement while addressing the Polytechnics Canada Annual Conference, hosted by Sheridan College.
"Collaboration between government, applied researchers and the private sector is vital to building an innovative economy," said Minister Goodyear. "The College and Community Innovation Program supports research collaborations between companies and colleges. It illustrates the importance our government places on creating the conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in this country."
A total of 60 innovative partnerships between colleges and businesses will be provided more than $36 million over a period of up to five years through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. The announcement includes 14 new Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges to support the development of longer term business-focussed applied research programs at colleges. Three new recipients of College-University Idea to Innovation Grants were also announced. These grants support collaboration between Canadian colleges, universities and businesses to improve or extend existing company technology or commercial products. Both were first announced in Budget 2011.
The projects announced today were selected for funding following a peer-reviewed competition. This announcement follows other CCI investments announced in 2009, 2010 and 2011; bringing total program investments to date to over $160 million for 248 projects at 62 colleges and cégeps.
Sheridan College received over $1.1 million for a new NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Mobile Computing. The Chair will focus on delivering innovative mobile computing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises throughout Ontario. The Chair will also be supported by industrial partners Research in Motion Limited, Cisco Systems Canada, TELUS Corporation, and Xtreme Labs Inc.
The CCI Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
"These investments provide colleges with access to the people, resources and tools they need to be at the forefront of innovation," said Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "The ultimate goal is to create sustainable partnerships that will help sharpen our innovative edge and have a positive impact on the bottom line of our country and industry."
NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging about 2,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.
More information on this program and the 60 funded projects is available in the backgrounder.
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The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
There are six types of grants available through the CCI Program:
Including those projects highlighted in today's announcement, the CCI Program has awarded over $160 million in funding to date, to support 248 projects at 62 colleges and cégeps across Canada.
Projects are awarded funding through a rigorous peer review process that includes an assessment by the CCI Program Review Committee, which is comprised of select members of the Private Sector Advisory Board. These members are leaders from the Canadian academic and business R&D sectors. The 35 colleges and cégeps in this program round will receive a total close to $37 million for up to five years, from fiscal year 2011-12 to fiscal year 2016-17.
Cégep de Jonquière (Jonquière, Quebec): The Cégep de Jonquière's program is designed to address the challenges specific to northern environments, telecommunications sites, outfitters and isolated communities that are facing energy supply problems and associated high costs.
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (Grande-Rivière, Quebec): The main objective of the Chair program is to promote and coordinate applied research projects on macroalgae. The program has three components—fisheries and natural resources, mariculture, and algal biomass conversion.
Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec): The research program of the Chair will address the R&D priorities of the Canadian textile industry—sustainable development; durable construction and reclamation; protection, safety and comfort; toxicity; and intelligent textiles.
Cégep de Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières, Quebec): This Chair brings together the candidate's recognized proficiency in aluminum smelting R&D and the most comprehensive aluminum casting facilities in Canada.
College of the North Atlantic (St. John's, Newfoundland): The Chair focusses on new process development and technology innovations in applied mineralogy, linking geology and characterization of ore deposits with recovery processes.
Collège de Maisonneuve (Montréal, Quebec): Building on several recent studies and ancillary work in the field of agroforestry extraction, the Chair will focus on deepening our knowledge of chemical composition and on the need to develop technologies that facilitate the development of high-value-added agro-forestry products.
Collège Shawinigan (Shawinigan, Quebec): The Chair's program will focus on the industrial bioproducts development process, working towards allowing for rapid diversification of bioproducts development and facilitate scale-up of products already under development.
La Cité collégiale (Ottawa, Ontario): The Chair's research program will be aimed at furthering the development of applied research in bioprocessing and agri-food engineering, where transforming agricultural residues into
value-added products—such as biofuels and food products—is a growing field.
Lambton College of Applied Arts (Sarnia, Ontario): The work of the Chair will support local and regional industrial partners in industrial process optimization as well as automation, advanced process control and modelling.
Niagara College (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario): The work of the Chair will focus on developing new technologies in precision agriculture and pursuing commercialization opportunities with several industries including fruit tree growers and viniculture.
North Island College (Courtenay, British Columbia): The Chair will work to implement long-term monitoring of environmental conditions related to salmon aquaculture in order to improve the production efficiency of salmon farming practices in British Columbia.
Seneca College (Toronto, Ontario): The work of the Chair will use open source software as building blocks to find solutions for the energy consumption, space, and cooling requirements of current data centre technologies.
Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario): The Chair's proposed program of research will focus on context-aware mobile computing and cloud-integrated mobile computing to assist SMEs to improve their competitive position.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary, Alberta): The objective of the Chair's program is to fill a technology development and transfer gap in the sports, recreation and wellness sector in Alberta and Western Canada, acting as a central resource in areas such as mechanical design, materials selection, prototype fabrication and testing.
Yukon College and University of Saskatchewan: Northern biochar for northern restoration
Fanshawe College and University of Western Ontario:
Advanced financial market simulation based on intelligent agents and cloud technology
Olds College and University of Alberta:
Use of genomic tools to improve feed efficiency in purebred Hereford cattle
Cégep de Matane (Matane, Quebec): The Innovations Matane: cinéma, jeu vidéo et géolocalisation 3D project involves the development of applied digital imaging technologies to support the growth and development of targeted companies.
Collège Ahuntsic (Montréal, Quebec): The Impressions 2020 initiative consists of the development of high value-added innovative printed products with a view to sustainable development.
Cégep de Thetford (Thetford Mines, Quebec): Creation of a technology platform for the development of value-added oilseed products for industrial applications.
George Brown College (Toronto, Ontario):The Green Homes initiative will focus on novel building retrofit materials and methods and "Smart" building automation, sensor and control system technology development.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) (Edmonton, Alberta): Oils Sands Environmental Sustainability: Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at NAIT.
George Brown College (Toronto, Ontario): Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRST)
Camosun College (Victoria, British Columbia):Island Technology Access Centre
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), (Edmonton, Alberta): NAIT Nanotechnology Centre for Applied Research, Industry Training, and Services
Holland College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island): Canada's Smartest Kitchen
Collège Édouard-Montpetit (Longueuil, Quebec): Avionics systems development service.
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (Lévis, Quebec): Establishing a scientific director and research manager position to accommodate the continued growth of TransBIOTech.
Collège d'Alma (Alma, Quebec): Establishment of a service to encourage innovation in local dairy production.
Cégep de Victoriaville (Victoriaville, Quebec): Centre d'expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+).
The following institutions have received a total of over $895,000 in ARD Grants: