New funding for applied research collaborations between colleges and local industries
May 19, 2020
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is pleased to announce funding for 128 new applied research projects that will help provide innovative solutions for local and regional business challenges through the expertise of Canadian colleges, CÉGEPs and polytechnics.
This investment of over $76 million through the tri-agency College and Community Innovation Program and the College-Industry Innovation Fund from the Canada Foundation for Innovation will connect colleges with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, to work together on applied research projects that will facilitate the development of new products and technologies for the benefit of their local communities and beyond. The projects will focus on priority areas such as clean energy, artificial intelligence and agriculture.
“Colleges play a pivotal and unique role within their communities by providing cutting-edge applied research expertise and state-of-the-art facilities that drive local innovation. These R&D collaborations contribute not only to the development and commercialization of new products and services for Canadians, but also the creation of new quality jobs and valuable training experience for our future generation of workers.”
Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC
For more information about this year’s recipients, please consult the list of funded projects: