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