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Fast Facts

  • CICan members host over 400 specialized research centres and labs
  • They have partnerships with almost 7,000 companies and community organizations to conduct applied research projects
  • Almost 3,000 college and institute faculty and staff are engaged in applied research
  • Over 25,000 students are engaged in applied research projects
  • Up to 80% of colleges and institutes support student entrepreneurship
  • 13,500 students received support from their college or institute to pursue an entrepreneurial idea

Colleges and institutes right across the country play a lead role in strengthening Canada’s capacity to innovate by undertaking applied research that leverages their strong industry and community connections. They work with partners, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, in all sectors to refine or adapt products, services, technologies, and processes. By providing partners with access to the required talent and state of the art facilities to drive innovation, they help generate both economic and social gain.


Highlights from our 2015- 2016 CICan Applied Research Survey

Applied Research Capacity

Applied Research Capacity

Examples of Areas of Research and Development in Social Innovation

  • Communications and Media
  • Design, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Disadvantaged Populations (e.g. Indigenous peoples, immigrants, persons with disabilities)
  • Education and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Environmental Awareness and Planning
  • Industrial Relations
  • Justice
  • Management, Business and Financial Services
  • Public Safety
  • Social Services
Professional and Student Capacity

Professional and Student Capacity

How do Colleges and Institutes Support Faculty in Applied Research?

  • Assistance with proposal development and writing
  • Point of contact for funders and partners
  • Identification of potential partnerships
  • Awareness building activities
  • Networking and contact identification
Entrepreneurial Capacity

Entrepreneurial Capacity

Did you know? Colleges and Institutes have:

  • Applied research chairs in new venture and entrepreneurship
  • New venture support specialists
  • Diploma programs in entrepreneurship
  • Hackathons/idea jams

To learn more about partnerships, research results, applied research funding, and more download:

May 9, 2017

Inclusive Innovation at Colleges and Institutes : Highlights from the 2015-2016 CICan Applied Research Survey

Canada’s colleges and institutes, together with their public and private sector partners, foster innovation in all sectors of the economy: from building and construction technology to healthcare and...

Inclusive Innovation at Colleges and Institutes : Highlights from the 2015-2016 CICan Applied Research Survey