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Accelerating Innovation through Colleges and Institutes

November 26, 2010 — ACCC released its 2010 showcase of college applied research and innovation projects today. Accelerating Innovation, Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics: Applied Research for Economic and Social Development highlights 86 projects that have provided concrete results for businesses and community organizations across the country.

From temporary emergency shelters for Haiti hurricane victims to improved methods of filling chocolates, Canada’s 150 colleges, institutes, and polytechnics are undertaking exciting and innovative research to meet the immediate needs of their communities.

“It’s great that we found these guys. What better than to partner with the college for our project,” says Shaun Jackson technical director at HydroFlow Canada Inc. “I lay out the drawings of what we’re looking for, and the students go ahead and research to tweak the model.” Georgian College is working with HydroFlow to develop a testing system for green alternatives to residential and industrial water softening systems.

More than 3700 companies were involved in applied research partnerships with colleges in 2009-10 in more than 300 areas of research specialization. ACCC offers quick summaries of 86 of the best examples of how applied research affects our daily lives in the 2010 edition of Accelerating Innovation, Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics: Applied Research for Economic and Social Development.

“Colleges have a mandate to support local economic development and have really stepped up to the plate to help small- and medium-sized businesses tackle immediate research needs,” says James Knight, ACCC President and CEO. “With 1000 campuses across the country, they are ideally situated to do research on-site for local businesses and community organizations.”

The federal government showed strong support for applied research and technology transfer at colleges, institutes and polytechnics through three funding announcements in 2010. As part of the March 2010 federal budget, funding was doubled for the College and Community Innovation Program providing $30 million annually to develop and expand research transfer activities at colleges through partnerships with local companies and organizations. In July, a $32.5 million investment was announced for research infrastructure and equipment for colleges through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. In March, a $15 million program was established for applied research and commercialization initiatives at Ontario post-secondary institutions to support regional economic development through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

View the full showcase

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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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