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Applied Research

September 2019

1. Upcoming Deadline

Shine a spotlight on applied research with RE$EARCH MONEY

Showcase the incredible applied research happening at your institution in the second annual Spotlight on Applied Research booklet, bringing the important and innovative work of colleges and institutes to the attention of policy makers and other major players in Canada’s innovation ecosystem!

We are currently looking for submissions!

Spotlight on Applied Research is an annual publication presented by RE$EARCH MONEY (R$) and CICan. The inaugural booklet, Applied Research Comes of Age was released in November 2018. For rates, ad specifications, and to submit please contact Roxanne Garraway at  All material must be submitted by October 8, 2019.

We also invite submissions from businesses showcasing how college and institute applied research has helped them to innovate!

2. News and Advocacy

CICan Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in Advance of Budget 2020

We are pleased to share CICan’s pre-budget submission for Budget 2020. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance had a focused theme on the climate emergency and transitioning to a low carbon economy. This pre-budget consultation process is an important opportunity to position our priorities within the context of the federal election and with the next government.  CICan issued seven recommendations related to investments in:

  • business innovation engagement services at colleges through applied research
  • social innovation
  • skills retraining
  • development of a national framework to promote the integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation into PSE and reskilling/upskilling programs
  • Indigenous access to PSE and skills upgrading,
  • PSE infrastructure; and
  • leveraging international partnerships to support a global climate change response

College Applied Research Taskforce Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in Advance of Budget 2020

CICan also collaborated with national and regional stakeholders to prepare a targeted pre-budget submission for business innovation engagement services at colleges and institutes through applied research.  This brief goes into more depth on the first recommendation in the CICan brief and aligns with the brief submitted by Polytechnics Canada.

This brief was submitted by the College Applied Research Taskforce comprised of national and regional organizations that convened for a two-day meeting hosted at CICan in July.  We thank all of you for generously providing responses to the taskforce survey on indirect costs launched in June.  The information gathered through the survey was extremely helpful to the taskforce in defining the concept and approach for proposing to the federal government targeted support funding for college and institute applied research offices. Following the federal election, the national and regional stakeholders are planning to engage in joint advocacy meetings to advance this priority.

CICan Election Resources and Webinar

With the launch of the 2019 federal election, we are encouraging CICan members to engage with candidates by inviting them to visit your campuses to meet students, faculty and researchers and tour teaching and applied research facilities. To that end, we have launched the CICan Election Watch webpage and a suite of resources, including:

  • a quick and easy email campaign to reach candidates in your riding and invite them to visit your campuses to see firsthand the incredible contribution colleges and institutes make to your community,
  • two fact sheets for you to share about how your institutions serve communities and equip Canadians with the skills needed in a context of disruption,
  • links to federal party platforms, Elections Canada information about the Vote on Campus Program and opportunities for students to work during the election, and,
  • information about federal election debates.

We have also provided resources exclusively for CICan members, that include key messages on applied research funding.  Please consult:

In addition to these resources, we are also hosting a free webinar for CICan members hosted by Joe Jordan, former Member of Parliament and member of the Queen’s Privy Council, with tips for engaging with political candidates during the election. The webinar will take place on September 23, from 1 to 2 pm EST (click to register).

EDI: Dimensions Pilot

On August 15, Minister Kirsty Duncan announced the pilot cohort for the Dimensions program.  This program recognizes post-secondary institutions seeking to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in their environments.  We congratulate the six CICan members who have been selected into the pilot cohort:

  • Camosun College (British Columbia)
  • Holland College (Prince Edward Island)
  • Lethbridge College (Alberta)
  • Mohawk College (Ontario)
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)
  • Vancouver Island University (British Columbia)

National DRI coordination project

Following the competition announced in April 2019, Minister Kirsty Duncan approved funding of up to $375 million towards the establishment of a new not for profit organization to coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to: research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.  The new organization aims to build a seamless ecosystem that is researcher-focused, accountable, agile, strategic, sustainable and rooted in a shared vision that enables researchers to access the digital research services they need.

The Applicant Board for the new organization will be conducting national consultation sessions, and CICan encourages you to participate on behalf of the college applied research sector.  Community consultations are necessary and important to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new organization early in the 2020.

These consultations will build on the feedback received during the development of the proposal in the spring and address governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.

Please save the date in your region for the following face-to-face consultation sessions.  All sessions will start in the morning at 9:30 and run until 12 noon.  Venue details as well as agendas and supporting materials will be available on the EngageDRI website.

  • Toronto – Tuesday September 24
  • Montreal – Friday, September 27
  • Ottawa – Tuesday, October 1
  • Halifax – Thursday, October 3
  • Saskatoon – Monday, October 7
  • Vancouver – Friday, October 11

If you are unable to attend the face-to-face session, you can still provide participate by attending one of several online sessions we will schedule at the completion of the face-to-face meetings.    You can also provide comments and input to the process by email to or stay informed by visiting for further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.

3. Information and Funding Opportunities

College and Community Social Innovation Fund Webinar Information Sessions

With  the launch of the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) competition, colleges and institutes are invited to apply for up to $120,000 per year for a duration of one to three years. The submission deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.

To support the development of applications, NSERC will be providing webinar information sessions:

Session 1 – French
Wednesday, September 25
10 am to 12 pm (Eastern Time)

Session 2 – French
Wednesday, September 25
2 pm to 4 pm (Eastern Time)

Session 3 – English
Thursday, September 26
10 am to 12 pm (Eastern Time)

Session 4 – English
Thursday, September 26
2 pm to 4 pm (Eastern Time)

Please register by emailing Kathleen Lorenzo (NSERC) to confirm your participation.

CICan Career Launcher

Increase your capacity to innovate! Get $20,000 to hire students/grads

A perfect opportunity for both college applied research centres and their SME partners

Don’t miss out on salary subsidies for research positions in projects that address climate change or environmental challenges. Simply submit your job description online and find out in two business days if your position qualifies. It’s quick and easy!

CICan’s Career-Launcher Internships offer new funding to hire students and grads in green jobs through its Natural Resources and Clean Tech Internships. You can now get up to $20,000 to hire students and grads.

How can you benefit?

  • Hire a grad or student to support your applied research projects or initiatives
  • Share with industry partners so they can hire your grads and students

Go to!

Mitacs Accelerate

Get paid to do applied research with the Mitacs Accelerate program!

The Mitacs Accelerate program provides opportunities for students at Canadian colleges and institutes to undertake paid internships, gaining on-the-job experiences in a non-academic setting; and helps faculty build new research partnerships with funding opportunities! The program also helps expand collaboration opportunities between colleges and institutes and private sector and not-for-profit organizations.

Don’t miss this opportunity – Apply now!

Canada Business App

This summer, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, launched the Canada Business App, which assists businesses in navigating government services, receiving tailored recommendations, setting up personalized notifications and finding the answers they need to start up, scale up and access new markets.  A valuable tool to share with your SME applied research partners!

CANARIE Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Cybersecurity in Canada’s Research and Education Community

Up to $4.2M available to fund the Joint Security Project, supporting universities, colleges, and research institutions.

This call is open to universities, colleges, and research institutions connected to the twelve provincial and territorial network partners that, along with CANARIE, form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). To verify if your institution is connected to the NREN, visit:

 JSP participants will receive:

  1. An intrusion detection system (IDS) – CANARIE will provide an IDS to institutions that did not previously receive the tool in the JSP Pilot.
  2. Participation funding – Participants may request $15,000 in funding support to enable a member of their technical staff to collaborate on the project. Institutions that do not indicate a need for participation funding will help enable participation from a broader group of institutions that may not otherwise have the resources to participate.
  3. Training and collaboration – All participants will benefit from regular sessions with cybersecurity experts and peers from across the Canadian research and education community.
  4. Access to the project’s aggregation and analysis tools – CANARIE will deploy data aggregation and visualization tools to provide both institution-level and JSP-wide cybersecurity analytics to all participants.

This current project will span one year, with the next phase of collaborative participation to be announced in 2020.

The deadline for all applications is September 27, 2019 at 4 PM ET. Funding will be provided to eligible participants in the order that applications are received. Given that funding is limited, interested institutions are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to Apply

Detailed information on this call for participation, including timelines and eligibility criteria may be found at:

4. Subscription Information

Subscribe to the CICan Applied Research Network

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