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By Sarah O’Neill Companies that want to tap into the innovative capacity of Canada’s colleges, with a view to improving their business performance now have access to a much wider array of funding programs. The objective of the program is for colleges to work with individual businesses to solve company-specific problems. Funding is supplied through three types of Applied Research and Development (ARD) grants. The smallest grants, valued at up to $25,000, will be geared to short-term projects of up to six months, similar to those supported in universities through NSERC’s new Engage program. For projects lasting one to three years, two other ARD awards will be available, both of which require cash or in-kind contributions from partners. For medium-sized grants of up to $75,000, partners contribute a third of project costs; and for large grants exceeding $75,000, partners are required to contribute half of the project costs. ARD grants can be across the spectrum of natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and/or health. Applications for all three levels are accepted on a ongoing basis. Grants are made by NSERC, with the exception of funded proposals exclusively in the social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences, which will be made by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) or Canada Institute for Health Research (CIHR), as appropriate. These grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. To learn more about NSERC partnership funding opportunities, subscribe to our In Partnership e-bulletin Sarah O’Neill is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office.  Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Sarah O’Neill

The Ontario Regional Office of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) hosted its fourth “Connector” Event in partnership with Waterloo Engineering. The unique event provided a designed opportunity for aerospace companies to meet with selected researchers. To assist participants, staff specialists from NSERC’s Ontario Regional Office were available to describe how the Engage Grant works.

“The NSERC Ontario regional office was instrumental to the success of the event and the downrange take up of Engage and links between industry and our researchers,” said Chris Pringle, Director, Industry and Government Relations, University of Waterloo.

An overwhelming 27 representatives from key players in the aerospace sector such as Bombardier, Raytheon, and ComDev, among 10 other companies, seized the opportunity to interact with 14 of Waterloo Engineering’s top researchers.

“The NSERC event at the University of Waterloo was very beneficial to Bombardier Aerospace.    We are currently investigating opportunities for increased collaboration and research with Ontario based Universities. The Waterloo event provided our team with the opportunity to meet many talented researchers and discuss opportunities for collaboration and new research initiatives. We were also able to meet with researchers that we had worked with in the recent past, and discuss ‘next steps’ for their research initiatives.

Given the pressing time commitments that we have – it was especially useful to have an aerospace-focused event where our top researchers could meet with University researchers and discuss R&D priorities for the coming year. We are actively pursuing a number of initiatives that were first discussed at this event, and see great opportunity for increased collaboration over the next several years,” remarked Jonathan Hack, Manager, Strategic Technology Engineering, University & Government Relations, Bombardier.

To date two Engage applications have been received as a result of the event, and more are expected within the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in participating in, or co-hosting an NSERC Connector, please contact Sarah O’Neill at sarah.oneill@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Sarah O’Neill is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office.  Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities.


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By Sarah O’Neill

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Engage Program is a big hit with researchers and their business partners. Aimed at igniting new research partnerships, Engage is fulfilling its mission, and quickly. The program, launched late last year, has helped cement scores of new R&D relationships in a diverse array of sectors across Canada.

As of mid June, Ontario became the first region in Canada to award over $1 million dollars through Engage funding. Both the first Engage project awarded in the region, and the project which put funding over the million dollar milestone were awarded to researchers at the University of Guelph.

Paul McNicholas received the first Ontario Engage grant. Together with AQL Management Consulting Inc., McNicholas and his team are working on a statistical methodology concerning the early detection of important animal health events.  Robert Dony’s project in partnership with NIMTech Incorporated tipped the Ontario investments over the million dollar mark. Dony’s project focuses on examining a real-time measurement of product and process characteristics system.

The quick decision process is one of the reasons why the program is proving to be so popular. Industrial partners are enthusiastic that they were able to proceed with projects shortly after they were proposed.

“We were truly amazed at the speedy turnaround on our joint funding submission with McMaster University,” said Gerard Campeau, President of Thermal Electronics Corporation in Aurora, Ontario.

The good news continues, as NSERC’s Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation (SPI) received an important endorsement in this year’s federal Budget that will help create and sustain even more partnerships between higher education researchers and Canadian businesses. The Budget assigned $5 million annually in new funding to support building bridges between businesses and researchers through SPI.

Subscribe to NSERC’s free bi-monthly In Partnership e-bulletin to receive news, success stories, tips and topics relevant to businesses and industries who are looking to increase their R&D advantage.

Sarah O’Neill is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office.  Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities.

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By  Sarah O’Neill

As a business person, you may have considered working with academic researchers as a way of advancing your R&D and giving your business a competitive edge, but you were not ready to take the plunge into a full-blown partnership without first testing the waters.

Through a new program called Engage Grants, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has now made it easier for companies and academic researchers to work together on short-term (up to six months) research projects that address company-specific problems. Engage Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise at Canadian universities. The program’s goal is to foster the development of new research partnerships between academic researchers and companies that have never collaborated before.

What’s more, NSERC provides the funds for this relationship-building exercise to take place. The program awards up to $25,000 to cover the direct project costs.

Engage projects can be awarded at any point in the R&D spectrum that is consistent with the university’s research, training and technology transfer mandate. The project is required to be scientifically sound and technically feasible. It must be aimed at solving the company-specific problem through the generation of new knowledge, or the application of existing knowledge in an innovative manner.

As a business, you can’t lose—the project is aimed at helping to solve your research problem, and your company enjoys the added bonus of keeping the rights to any intellectual property arising from the project.

What better way to see if an R&D partnership is right for you?

If you would like more information on the program, please call the NSERC Ontario Regional Office at 1-877-767-1767, or view the program description at Engage Grants.

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Sarah O’Neill is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office.  Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities.

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By Sarah O’Neill

Every business is striving for ways to do more with less: more profitability with less cost, more market opportunities with less competition, and more efficient processes with less waste. One of the ways to do more with less is to tap into the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian universities.

How can your business connect with potential research partners?

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is one of Canada’s largest sources of grants for public-private research and development partnerships.  Currently NSERC supports more than 1500 industry-academic partnerships. Whether you are looking for highly qualified people, R&D advancement, or to start a new research relationship – NSERC’s suite of programs can help.

The various programs reduce the risk involved with research, as NSERC contributes a substantial portion of the costs via several grants that cater to different industrial needs.

For example, recruiting highly qualified people can be a costly and time-consuming task, but there is an affordable way to minimize the hiring burden that also allows businesses to add bench strength to their R&D functions.  Through the Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award Program, NSERC provides up to $4,500 per student, per term, to help companies hire qualified undergraduates for 16-week R&D assignments. Companies, in turn, must top up the contribution by at least 25 percent of the value of the award. The work term provides an economical way of assessing whether the student is worthy of a full-time job offer.

Government funding for research and development can help your company accelerate innovation and achieve more productivity, competitiveness and prosperity. Company awareness is often the main barrier to accessing these funds. The NSERC Ontario Regional Office can help guide you through the information you need to start taking advantage of NSERC’s partnership programs.

Visit NSERC’s Ontario office website for more information. Also visit our partnership programs.

Sarah O’Neill is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office.  Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities.

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