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.