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

Toronto, May 20, 2020 — Seneca has received a $2 million grant from the federal government to establish the Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences (SCILS), a unique applied research facility in the postsecondary sector. The funds have been awarded through an Innovation Enhancement grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

SCILS builds on Seneca’s long-established strengths in biological sciences and applied chemistry, providing partners with unparalleled access to talent, infrastructure and funding opportunities to support the life sciences industry in Ontario. Through SCILS,  with support from Seneca Innovation, Seneca students and faculty can connect directly with industry partners to develop, enhance and validate needed innovations in the areas of diagnostics and cosmetics.

“Seneca’s applied research projects through SCILS will provide practical solutions to real-world challenges in the field of life sciences,” said Ben Rogers, Dean of Seneca Innovation. “The funding received through NSERC will enable our student and faculty researchers to extend the breadth of their collaborative projects with industry.”

The life sciences sector, which contributes about $58 to Ontario’s GDP, includes medical devices and equipment, drugs and pharmaceuticals, agriculture feedstock and chemicals and medical cannabis.

NSERC also announced funding through the College and Community Social Innovation Fund to support two additional applied research initiatives at Seneca, which include:

  • the development of an Online Assistance System for Tax Filing, in partnership with Prosper Canada, to support community organizations in delivering tax-filing assistance to individuals living on low income
  • the creation of an Interactive Web-Based Assistive Communication Platform, in collaboration with Linggo, to mitigate challenges that people with complex communication needs in remote communities face in accessing healthcare services

Read the full announcement from NSERC

2019/20 Seneca Applied Research Fund Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019/20 Applied Research Fund (ARF) recipients!

Best Practice Guidelines for Pet Loss Support

Award Recipient: Angie Arora and Kirsti Clarida (FAAHS)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Pets Above

Elevating the Voices of Children and Youth in Care

Award Recipient: David Connolly (FAAHS)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Jen's Place 

The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Online Gambling Self-Help Tutorial with Ontario Post-Secondary Students

Award Recipient: Farah Jindani (FAAHS)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Heat Pump and Photovoltaic Panels life cycle effect on Energy Models

Award Recipient: Filimon Tsionas and Kyle Valdock (FASET)

Industry/Community Partner(s): International Energy Research Center (IERC)

Analyzing Textile Waste 

Award Recipient: Sabine Weber (FCAD)

Industry/Community Partner(s): Fashion Takes Action 

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...Read more

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Applied research projects build expertise

Tackling sports supplements and stabilizing medical conundrums

Students and faculty in the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry are making important contributions to several applied research projects with external partners through Seneca’s office of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Seneca receives $1 million from TD Ready Challenge

Toronto, Oct. 24, 2018 – Seneca has been named one of ten winners of the inaugural TD Ready Challenge presented by TD Bank Group.

Seneca will receive a $1-million grant from the TD Ready Challenge to deliver the TD-HELIX Transformation Initiative, which will focus on re-skilling mid-career professionals at risk of job loss due to disruptive changes in the labour market. Seneca is the only GTA-based postsecondary institution to receive the grant.

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Ontario colleges are on course for great IT jobs

Seneca is mentioned as one of the Ontario colleges that offer programs and courses in IT. Third-year Honours Bachelor of Technology – Software Development student Josh Mayers is quoted in the article. Josh has been a student research assistant (RA) with Seneca Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ARIE) on 2 applied research projects, with partners The Networking Effect and Wazzio.

New research partnership guides help smooth collaboration between businesses, post-secondary institutions

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Companies looking to build innovative technologies, capitalize on expertise and solve businesses challenges have new resources to help them work with Canada’s post-secondary institutions. Released by the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), the Guide to Research Partnerships with Canada’s Colleges and Polytechnics and Guide to Research Partnerships with Canada’s Universities outline the practical steps businesses can take to create mutually beneficial agreements with post-secondary institutions.New research partnership guides help smooth collaboration between businesses, post-secondary institutions

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