ACCC Supportive of National Research Council Transformation
OTTAWA, May 7, 2013 – James Knight, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges today released this statement:
“The transformation of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) into an industry-focused research and technology organization is a positive shift for colleges. The federal government’s efforts to bridge technology gaps and build a more innovative economy recognize the benefits of applied research, which responds directly to the needs of industry.
“Canada’s public colleges, institutes and polytechnics are a key component of Canada’s innovation infrastructure. They deliver innovations and economic opportunities through applied research partnerships with small- and medium-sized businesses and communities.
“NRC’s Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) is an excellent example of how colleges support SMEs with technology transfer that supports innovation. Canada’s colleges engage in projects to accelerate SMEs’ adoption of digital technologies through services such as training, consulting, and the use of facilities to test or adapt hardware and software.
“Budget 2013 committed $20 million over three years to pilot initiatives through the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program to help SMEs access research and business development at colleges and other organizations. This investment will accelerate productivity gains.”
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and from all socio-economic quarters at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.
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