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By Sarah O’Neill

Did you know that the after-tax cost to Canadian businesses of funding industry-driven, university R&D, in collaboration with NSERC, can be as little as 17 cents on the dollar? This figure applies to a company’s cash contributions to a university research partnership, for which NSERC typically supplies two dollars for every dollar of business investment. Such investments are also eligible for tax relief, including refundable cash in many instances, under Canada Revenue Agency’s $4 billion Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program.

Universities and colleges are full of researchers with ideas and expertise that can help your business solve short-term problems and provide fundamental insights into longer-term technological challenges. Many companies are first attracted to universities and colleges to access a unique piece of equipment or solve a specific issue. This often leads to enduring relationships with professors or students that are of even more value to the company.

NSERC has several academic-industry partnership programs available that can help your company’s R&D dollars go further. If you’re new to research partnerships, a great first step is to try our Engage Grant program – $25,000 towards a 6 month project and no company cash required.  Have some cash, and want to get more out of it? Check out our Collaborative Research and Development grant  for 2:1 cash leveraging.

Currently, there are about 3,000 professors and 7,000 students engaged in research partnership projects funded by NSERC. Not sure where to start to find an academic with the expertise your company requires? A great first step is to give us a call at the NSERC Ontario Regional Office; we can connect you to the right people at the university or college.

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

Is your business new to R&D partnerships with post-secondary researchers? The NSERC Ontario Regional Office can help!

Partnering with post-secondary researchers begins by connecting with the right people—getting to know scientists and engineers with the right mix of expertise to solve your problems. NSERC Ontario has begun to host Connector events that help you do just that. These unique events provide a ‘designed’ opportunity for companies to meet with selected researchers. To assist you, staff specialists from NSERC’s Ontario Regional Office are present at all Connector events to describe how the Engage Grant, $25,000 of support for new research collaborations, works.

There are two different types of Connector events. In one format, the event is sector specific, so the companies and researchers are all from the same general sector; for example,  information and communications technology. We begin with a “show and tell” session where each attendee introduces either their research expertise, or provides a background on their company, and what its current research needs are. Following the presentations the floor is open for networking, or impromptu one-on-one meetings.

Alternatively, the other format matches up industry representatives and professors to have 10-15 minute conversations about themselves and their research projects. This “speed-dating” portion of the event gives people the opportunity to network as well as sign up for one-on-one sessions with each other.

“The NSERC Connector event provides a great informal forum to meet professors and hear about what they do,” says Gerard Campeau from Thermal Electronics Corp. “We were able to find someone whose research can help us to correct some of the issues we’re looking to fix.”

“The speed dating event presented a great opportunity for academic researchers and industry to meet and network on a one-on-one basis,” says Dr. Goldie Nejat from the University of Toronto. “I found the event to be very helpful in kick starting new academia-industry collaborations.”

Bottom line for your company? You bring the research problem, we’ll bring the talent and facilities that can help solve it, and NSERC will provide the money to make it happen through our Engage Grants Program.

To find out when the next connector event is happening in your area, give Sarah at the NSERC Ontario Regional office a call at 905-403-0301.

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

Want to build  new collaborations with an academic researchers? Check out Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Workshops Program.

The Strategic Workshops Program is intended to fund (up to $25,000) workshops for building new collaborations between Canadian academic researchers and the industry and government receptor community that will result in future economic, environmental or societal benefits to Canada.

The objective of the program is to bring together academic researchers with non-academic end users and create new partnerships through workshops that develop collaborations addressing research and technology needs identified by the user community. The workshops are intended to generate new university-industry-government partnerships that will lead to new collaborative research activities.

Workshops are intended for small, highly focused groups, with attendance expected to range from 20 to 40 participants from multiple Canadian universities and non-academic organizations. An award may support the participation of Canadian academics and up to two foreign participants who can provide examples of best practices in the field and help build collaborations among Canadian organizations. The workshops must be held in Canada. Funds may be used to organize a single workshop or several events of more limited participation.

The workshops must be organized by at least one university and one non-academic leader. The university leader may hold an academic appointment, or an administrative position at the university.

The workshop discussions must strengthen interchanges between the academic and non-academic participants, and focus on forward-looking collaborations rather than review past accomplishments. Workshop discussions are intended to find common grounds among the participants with topics that include:

  • research priorities and knowledge gaps from the perspectives of industry, government and university;
  • current research capacity and future needs;
  • HQP training and skills needs;
  • knowledge/technology transfer potential;
  • funding challenges and opportunities;
  • existing and potential new collaborations;
  • next steps for proceeding toward collaborative activities.

The delivery of the Strategic Workshops Program will be transferred to the NSERC Regional Offices on April 1.  For more information on the program, contact the NSERC Ontario Regional Office in Mississauga.

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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