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New research partnerships between colleges and local businesses to foster innovation

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 13, 2012 — New partnerships between colleges and businesses or universities will lead to innovation in the areas of information and communications technologies, environmental technologies, natural resources and energy, and health sciences. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the Government's support for these new research projects while visiting Red River College in Winnipeg.

"Collaboration among government, applied researchers and the private sector is vital to building an innovative economy," said Minister of State Goodyear. "The College and Community Innovation Program supports research collaborations between companies and colleges. It illustrates the importance our Government places on creating for small businesses the conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship."

In total, 50 innovative partnerships between colleges, universities and business partners will receive over $17 million in support over a period of up to five years through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program.

"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 the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (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."

The projects announced today were selected for funding following a peer-reviewed competition. This announcement builds on CCI investments announced in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012; bringing the total program investments to date to over $175 million for 321 grants at 69 colleges and CÉGEPs.

Red River College is receiving almost $1.7 million through the CCI Program to establish the A2I2: Advanced Aerospace Innovation Initiative. This new technology access centre is aimed at helping aerospace companies improve their products. The research will create new job opportunities in the Winnipeg area by providing support to businesses in the form of research expertise, training support, and access to the latest technologies, as well as giving them access to the college's state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

The CCI Program is managed by NSERC, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary 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 post-secondary research projects.

More information is available in the backgrounder.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-943-7618

Michele-Jamali Paquette
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Tel.: 613-947-2956

Media Relations
Industry Canada
Tel.: 613-943-2502


College and Community Innovation Program

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:

  1. Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC) Grants support applied research leaders and the development of business-focussed applied research programs at colleges. The grants will help colleges to develop new, or significantly enhance, existing applied research efforts in areas that meet local or regional socio-economic needs. IRCC Grants will range from $100,000 to $200,000 annually and will be offered in five-year terms.
  2. College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) Grants intend to develop and strengthen research links between colleges, universities and businesses to accelerate the development of promising technologies and promote their commercialization in the Canadian marketplace. The grants support college and university participation in the improvement or extension of existing company technology or commercial products, processes and/or services. CU-I2I Grants are valued at up to $250,000 per year for the college and university participants combined, for up to three years.
  3. Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grants are aimed at enhancing innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These grants support the direct costs associated with applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, and technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies. IE Grants are awarded for either a two- or five-year period. The two-year grants include funding of $100,000 per year over two years. The five-year grants include base funding of up to $500,000 per year for the first three years and up to $400,000 per year for the remaining two years.
  4. Technology Access Centre (TAC) Grants provide funding for the core operations of centres established by colleges to address the applied research and innovation needs of local companies. The centres are intended to enhance the ability of companies, particularly SMEs, to become more productive and innovative by enabling them to readily access college expertise, technology and equipment. This access to college capabilities is intended to enhance the productivity, competitiveness and innovation of the participating SMEs. TAC Grants provide five-year, renewable funding of up to $350,000 per year.
  5. Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base with access to the knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The grants support short-term and small-scale projects that range from six months to three years in duration, with project costs being shared by the company partner. ARD Grant-funded projects can be at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum that is consistent with the college's applied research, training and technology transfer mandate. There are three levels of funding under ARD Grants—under $25,000; up to $75,000; and between $75,000 and $150,000.
  6. Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grants support the purchase of research equipment and installations to foster and enhance the ability of colleges to undertake applied research, innovation and training in collaboration with local companies. These grants are one-year awards that assist in buying applied research equipment that costs between $7,000 and $150,000.

Including the projects highlighted in today's announcement, the CCI Program has awarded over $175 million in funding to date, to support 321 projects at 69 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 31 colleges and CÉGEPs in this program round will receive almost $17 million for up to five years, from fiscal year 2012-13 to fiscal year 2017-18.

College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, 2012 Funded Projects

College-University Idea to Innovation Grants

Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières: Projects focus on harvesting and conditioning of algal biomass with paper industry equipment to add value to the biomass for energy purposes.


  • Alga-Labs Inc.
  • Rio Tinto Alcan

Cégep de Thetford and Université Laval: The research focusses on the chemical and enzymatic oxidation of oilseed crops for the production of durable, high-performance polymers.


  • SiliCycle Inc.
  • Feldan Bio Inc.

Cégep de Jonquière and McGill University: The research will focus on the development and validation of a "scientifically-based" software that predicts work-related fatigue in the aeronautical industry.


  • Aero Vision Technologies International

Innovation Enhancement Grants

Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario): The initial thrust of the research will be the design, development and testing of patient-centric and health care provider-centric medical devices that will seamlessly integrate to ensure the timely and accurate flow of data between patient and provider.


  • M. Laztel, Palomino System Innovations Inc.
  • G. Batstone, NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • TELUS Health and Financial Solutions
  • Citizen Health
  • Impakt Protective
  • Quantum Biomedical Inc.
  • MobileWellbeing Inc.
  • PatientWay
  • PsychExpert
  • St. Jean Training Incorporated
  • Wesley Clover International Corporation

Collège Édouard-Montpetit (Longueuil, Quebec): Several critical aircraft components are now made of composite materials. The project focusses on new methods of inspecting aircraft components made of composite materials.


  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc.
  • Bombardier Inc.
  • AV&R Vision & Robotics
  • Meloche Group Inc.
  • Mesotec Inc.

Cégep André-Laurendeau (LaSalle, Quebec): The Montréal area is known for its technical expertise and its creative power in the performing arts and in digital media. This project aims to offer technical support to these industries, and leverage the rich creative potential of production designers, and the innovation and commercialization potential of technologies in these fields.


  • Bombardier Aéronautique
  • Société des arts technologiques
  • Savoir Photonique inc.
  • GD-PDST Canada inc.
  • Space and Dream Inc.
  • Réseau photonique du Québec
  • TechnoStrobe
  • EH2 Solar
  • Ledel International
  • Pixiole inc.
  • Société de la Salle Jean-Grimaldi
  • Fasken Martineau LLP
  • Philips Lumec

Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec): Working with industrial partners, the CEGEP has aims to maximize the value of by-products in four industry sectors: potatoes, peas and corn, vegetal shells, and blueberries. Deriving value from the agri-food industry's by-products will allow producers and processors to maximize the value of their raw and residual materials, reducing the amount of final waste and decreasing environmental impacts.


  • Barry Callebaut Canada inc.
  • Fédération des producteurs de pommes de terre du Québec
  • CLD Les Maskoutains – Cité de la biotechnologie
  • Les entreprises Gérard Doucet
  • Nutri-Pacs inc.
  • Les Plats du Chef
  • Spécialités Lassonde inc.

Centennial College (Toronto, Ontario): Projects focus on building regional research and development capacity in emerging technologies in renewable energies that range from demonstration, testing and analyses of hybrid-powered (wind and solar), grid-tied (and off-grid) municipal street lighting; to the validation of methods for producing electricity from bio-hydrogen.


  • Celestica Inc.
  • Admira Distributed Hybrid Energy Systems Inc.
  • Clear Blue Technologies Inc.
  • Renteknik Group Inc.
  • StressCrete Group
  • EfstonScience Inc.

North Island College (Vancouver Island, British Columbia): The research will address fundamental research issues of concern to the Vancouver Island salmon aquaculture industry, and provide a solid foundation for future industry growth in hard bottom seabed areas.


  • BC Salmon Farmers Association
  • Mainstream Canada
  • Marine Harvest Canada, Inc.

Collège Mérici (Québec, Quebec): This project aims to develop an analytical platform for the use of orthotic clinicians. The platform will adapt existing systems to develop a simple interface and interpretation for anatomical posture and biomechanics assessment tools.


  • La clinique du pied équilibre
  • Bodycad

Collège d'Alma (Alma, Quebec): The research project focusses on using agricultural biomass as a complementary source of supply for the production of cost-effective energy pellets of quality.


  • Nutrinor
  • Granules LG international

Technology Access Centre Grants

Red River College (Winnipeg, Manitoba): A2I2: Advanced Aerospace Innovation Initiative

Working together with sector councils and provincial technology service providers, the A212 centre will provide aerospace organizations in applied research with technical services and customized training, focussing on the areas of materials and bonding, imaging and automation, and vision systems and simulation.


  • Bristol Aerospace Ltd.
  • Standard Aero Ltd.

Applied Research and Development Grants

The following institutions have received a total of over $1.5 million in Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants:

  • Camosun College (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Cégep André-Laurendeau (LaSalle, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Chicoutimi (Chicoutimi, Quebec)
  • Cégep de La Pocatière (La Pocatière, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (Levis, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Matane (Matane, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Sainte-Foy (Sainte-Foy, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Saint-Jérôme (Saint-Jérôme, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Sorel-Tracy (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Thetford (Thetford Mines, Quebec)
  • Cégep de Victoriaville (Victoriaville, Quebec)
  • Cégep Marie-Victorin (Montréal, Quebec)
  • Collège de Maisonneuve (Montréal, Quebec)
  • Collège Lionel-Groulx (Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec)
  • Collège Mérici (Québec, Quebec)
  • Collège Shawinigan (Shawinigan, Quebec)
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia)
  • Okanagan College (Kelowna, British Columbia)
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary, Alberta)
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