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Seneca Innovation

Seneca Innovation supports the applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship activities at Seneca. We are here to help enable the innovation economy and community well-being by providing practical solutions to real-world challenges.

Applied Research

Our applied research program is relevant to industry, driven by faculty, and focused on students. Seneca Innovation is the single point of access for industry and/or community partners who wish to engage in economically, socially and educationally relevant collaborative, applied research projects with Seneca faculty and students. We help our partners access Seneca resources, including the expertise of highly qualified personnel (faculty, staff and students), research infrastructure, and funding opportunities, many of which are available only through collaboration with Seneca.

COVID-19 Updates - Research Projects

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seneca has ordered non-essential employees to work from home for the foreseeable future. While many of the research projects we are working on with our industry partners can be continued with research teams working from home/remotely, others cannot.

If your collaborating research team is able to work from home, meetings going forward will all be virtual. You will continue to receive correspondence from them and Seneca Applied Research staff. We anticipate that this will result in minimal or no disruption to research activities.

If the research project requires access to Seneca equipment, the project will likely be affected. We are attempting to minimize disruption by having research teams work on non-laboratory based aspects of the project for as long as possible (literature reviews, data analysis, etc.). It is likely, however, that research projects will be delayed and/or extended.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this challenging time. If you have any questions, please let us know at


Seneca promotes the development of entrepreneurial mindsets through HELIX, Seneca's on campus business incubator. Seneca students, Faculty and Staff along with members of the community are invited to explore and develop their entrepreneurial mindset through the initiative. HELIX provides the tools needed to design and launch a scalable startup or to innovate from within an existing organization as an intrapreneur.

For more information and to get involved with HELIX, click here.




If you are a faculty member interested in getting involved in Applied Research, please add your name and research interests on this short web form.


If you are an industry or community partner interested in a collaborative research project with Seneca, please complete this form (.docx) and email it to:


For general inquiries about entrepreneurship at Seneca, please contact HELIX at