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CICan members receive support for applied research partnerships

Ottawa, April 8, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) congratulates its many members across the country that will be receiving grants in support of applied research initiatives and partnerships. Over $40 million in grants were announced today by the Honourable Minister of State (Science and Technology), Ed Holder, through the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) Program.

The Minister made the announcement in Hamilton, at Mohawk College’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC). The college is receiving $2.3 million to provide additive manufacturing capabilities to local companies to develop and enhance their products.

“Thanks to the support of the CCI and CIIF, colleges and institutes have significantly increased their applied research capacity over the past few years”, noted CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot. “Our members are now drivers of innovation in a number of fields and a growing number of businesses are seeking their expertise to develop new products and services.”

In fact, the results of CICan’s latest environmental scan on college and institute research activity will be released Friday and clearly demonstrate continued growth in research capacity and partnerships with the private sector.

Today’s announcement includes over $34 million through the CCI Program, which is administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Government of Canada is also investing nearly $7 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s CIIF Program. The CIIF seeks to enhance the capacity of colleges to support business innovation in Canada by providing them with key industry-relevant equipment to foster partnerships with the private sector.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.


 Click here for the Government of Canada news release.

Click here for the list of CCI recipients.

Click here for the list of CIIF recipients.


For more information :

Julien Abord-Babin

Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan