OTTAWA, November 27, 2013 — Creating new and innovative products and services for global markets is a constant challenge for Canada’s businesses. Research can help if companies know where to find it. A new online directory, launched today by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), will help companies identify, locate and connect with research expertise and cutting-edge facilities at universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country.
A first of its kind, the CFI Research Facilities Navigator is an easy-to-use search tool geared to businesses looking to establish research collaborations that will help them innovate. These collaborations can help the private sector prototype, develop and solidify proof-of-concept for products, or improve their services or processes.
“Our country’s long-term economic prosperity depends on innovative companies with cutting-edge technology that create high-quality jobs and help improve our standard of living,” says the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “This new online resource is yet another example of how our government is encouraging collaboration among the academic, public and private partners to drive innovation into every sector of our economy.”
The Navigator is launching with 150 facilities; another 150 have registered to be included. The infrastructure and expertise available in these state-of-the-art labs address virtually every discipline, from biomedicine and health to materials engineering and digital technology.
“The Navigator is a repository of some of the country's most advanced research facilities that want to work with the private sector,” says Dr. Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “It was developed primarily to give companies a leg up by allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily connect with researchers and graduate students who have the ideas and state-of-the-art equipment to solve their research challenges."
The Navigator provides users with information on areas of expertise, research services, specialized equipment and contact information.
Visit the CFI Research Facilities Navigator at Innovation.ca/navigator, and see below for story ideas on how Canadian researchers are already connecting with business.
About the Canada Foundation for Innovation
The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.