College-industry partnerships receive research funding boost

April 8, 2015

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Three colleges received funding today for state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe and George Brown College will be able to work with industry partners to better manage industrial waste, increase food shelf life and improve modelling for construction projects.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced the second stream of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund today in Hamilton, Ont., at Mohawk College’s newly opened Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre.

This CFI funding is in partnership with the Innovation Enhancement Grants component of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s College and Community Innovation Program to foster partnerships between colleges and the private sector that will lead to business innovation locally, regionally and nationally. This joint initiative offers colleges the opportunity to acquire infrastructure for their faculty to undertake competitive and innovative applied-research and technology development projects.

                FUND: College-Industry Innovation Fund

“In today’s competitive, global marketplace, businesses are now benefiting from having access to state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional research expertise available to them in colleges across the country,” says Dr. Gilles Patry, CFI President and CEO. “The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s College Industry Innovation Fund helps ensure that colleges can position themselves as valuable business research and innovation partners for the benefit of all Canadians.”

For additional information about CFI funds, click here.

College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF)

The College-Industry Innovation Fund provides colleges with funds to acquire significant research infrastructure that will enable partnerships with the private sector to support business innovation. This will boost their applied research and technology development capacity in any field of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and health sciences, in order to help them expand existing partnership opportunities and attract additional private sector partners.

Projects Funded


Project Title

Maximum CFI Contribution

Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Renforcement de l'infrastructure de recherche en gestion des residus industriels dangereux et des polluants réfractaires


Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe

Lumière pulsée: technologie innovante pour des fruits et légumes à haute valeur ajoutée


George Brown College

Building Information Modelling



3 projects / projets


Funding for research infrastructure associated with a NSERC Five-Year College and Community Innovation program – Innovation Enhancements grant award.

As part of this announcement, an additional $445,993 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.