Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

New Grants Reward Partnerships Between Canadian Colleges and Universities

The Government of Canada has earmarked new grants to encourage research partnerships between Canada’s colleges and universities.

The new College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) Grants aim to advance Canada’s technology development and commercialization.

“The Government of Canada’s investment in R&D has contributed to a stronger economy and created new jobs,” said The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

“The new College-University Idea to Innovation Grants enhance and strengthen research links between colleges, universities and businesses to encourage the development of innovative technologies and support their commercialization into the Canadian marketplace.”

The grants will award $12 million over five years to successful partnerships and each college or university applicant can gain $250,000 per year in funding.

“This program supports research collaboration and illustrates the importance that the government places on creating the conditions that will allow innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in this country,” said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry.

The grants will be managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

“Connecting and applying the strengths of Canada’s research capacity to the needs of society and industry is an essential element of our success in the global, knowledge-based society and economy,” said Dr. Fortier, President of NSERC.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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