Applied research is the development of innovative solutions to real-world challenges. It tackles practical problems by applying the latest technology and knowledge to create new products, services, and processes, or improve current products and practices.
There is no shortage of innovative ideas in Canada, but turning ideas into reality can be tough, especially for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). It requires ready access to specialized equipment and expertise. Colleges and institutes across Canada have become research partners of choice by helping thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, and social enterprises find state-of-the-art solutions to their challenges. In fact, over 90% of colleges and institutes have applied research offices ready to support their communities and local businesses with innovative solutions.