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Canada’s Colleges Welcome Investment in Applied Research Partnerships

May 30, 2011 — Canada’s colleges and institutes applaud the federal government’s investment in college applied research announced by Minister of State for Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear today at Niagara College.

This $8 million investment in research equipment will support new research partnerships between colleges and businesses across Canada.

Today’s announcement provides Niagara College with $425,000 for three new applied research projects under Community Innovations Programs’ Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grants. The grants will go toward the purchase of radiometric and photometric measuring equipment that will help develop energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable light technologies.

Thirty-two colleges and institutes will receive more than $8 million in ARTI grants for 79 projects to purchase research equipment and installations to enhance college applied research capacity. The equipment will support research in health care, forest management, renewable energy and water testing.

“Colleges and businesses have many successful research partnerships developing new products, processes and services,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “These new investments leverage the expertise of colleges to help businesses to innovate, enhance productivity and create employment. They will also support colleges’ role as the primary educators of employees with the advanced skills needed for Canada’s economic recovery.”

ACCC is the national voice of 150 colleges, institutes and polytechnics with 1,000 campuses across the country. The College and Community Innovation Program is administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

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For more information:

Debby Duford
Communications Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-2222, ext. 3116

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