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2020/21 Seneca Applied Research Fund Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020/21 Applied Research Fund (ARF) recipients!

Interactions among cricket frass-based soil amendments, biological control agents and mycorrhizae in organic soil

Award Recipient: Braden Evans and Jane Davey (Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Aspire Food Group

Exploring the impact of de-escalation training on Recruit Officers’ tactical decision making during crisis encounters

Award Recipient: Camie Condon (Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Ontario Police College

Coping with Crisis: Senior newcomers during COVID-19

Award Recipient: Bahar Biazar (Faculty of Arts)

Industry/Community Partner(s): The Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre


Seneca receives $2 million to fund a new applied research centre in life sciences

NSERC Announces Funding to Support Life Sciences Applied Research at Seneca

On June 13, 2019 the Honourable Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport announced funding of over $73 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s College and Community Innovation Program and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s College-Industry Innovation Fund. These programs invest in R&D partnerships across Canada, between colleges and regional businesses, which provide training and skills development opportunities to students and enable businesses to grow. The funding also enables colleges to purchase specialized equipment to help businesses develop novel solutions to key challenges in their enterprises.

The funding announced last month was awarded through various competitive processes to colleges that actively engage with businesses on applied research, and which have demonstrated their ability to contribute to the innovation economy and grow their applied research capacity to meet industry needs. Included in the announcement was Seneca’s Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grant award of $130,000 which was used to purchase three pieces of specialized equipment meeting the needs of our applied research collaborators in the life sciences field.

Over the past 2 years, Seneca, through its School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, has been supporting businesses by addressing applied research challenges in the development, enhancement and validation of life sciences products and technologies. Seneca has established the Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences (SCILS), which is a unique applied research offering in the college system providing our industry partners with unparalleled access to talent, infrastructure and funding opportunities to support growth, competitiveness and productivity. The equipment purchased with the ARTI award will be dedicated to applied research in SCILS and solidifies Seneca’s capability to grow our research capacity and continue offering these benefits to our life sciences partners.

Announcement Release from NSERC


Seneca and Humber partner to improve youth employment in Maldives

Nov. 18, 2020

Seneca and Humber College are partnering with Global Innovation & Skills Development Canada (GISDC) to develop an entrepreneurship incubation hub in Maldives that will increase employment and earning opportunities for local youth.

Learn more about the Maldives Enhancing Employability and Resilience of Youth (MEERY) project


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