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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff - February 4, 2022

Discover new opportunities in Applied Research.

Funding Opportunities

MITACS Accelerate funding supports collaborative research projects with colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics (students and faculty) and the organizations that benefit from their expertise. Eligible partner organizations’ financial contribution starts at $7,500. If you are interested in applying for MITACS funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Inside Mohawk Graphic_IDEAWORKS_UpdateNSERC Applied Research and Development (ARD) grants are suitable for a wide range of applied research projects that focus on technology. The ARD grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada. The ARD program will be closed from February to March and will re-open for applications on a rolling basis in April. If you have a project and partner in mind for this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Funding is available from OCI’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity. This program supports the collaboration between Academia and Industry to solve an industry-based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property [IP]. The institution will leverage the unique skills and specialized infrastructure that is instrumental to streamline internal innovations and commercialization needs. Resulting in targeted training of individuals and direct engagement with industry to work on commercially viable solutions. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Interested in completing research focused on academic admissions and want to publish in the field? The Alo Grant is an annual $100,000 research fund built to accelerate the creation of new research that will strengthen the global admissions community, with a focus on completing a research project in one of three streams: general admissions, strategic and diversity. Grants range from $10,000-$20,000 The call for applications  for 2022 hasn’t opened yet, but additional information is available on the website.            

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private, or not-for-profit sector. Partnership Engage Grants are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 for one year. Please note that these grants do not cover faculty release or backfill. IDEAWORKS is currently supporting applications with an internal deadline of March 1, 2022 and June 1, 2022. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

The objective of the Idea to Innovation (I2I) grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. Read more about the grant. Applications are on a rolling basis and will require significant internal review before proceeding. Please contact Gregor MacLean.

The Canada Council for the Arts has recently announced funding for its Digital Generator and Digital Greenhouse Programs. Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to allow Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations. Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups, and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges. Grant applicants must meet the eligibility set by the Canada Council for the Arts. Applied researchers may work with artists and other organizations as external consultants, experts, or training providers. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Funding is available for Health and Eng Tech faculty interested in working with an industry partner on a health innovation project as part of the Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE).  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Planning is underway for Canada Foundation for Innovation College Fund applications for 2022 and 2023. The College Fund supports projects that enhance the capacity of Canadian colleges to carry out applied research and technology development and foster partnerships that generate innovative products, processes or services that address the social, business, health or environmental needs of a Canadian industry or community. A limited number of opportunities are available for colleges each year to apply to this fund. If your research team will benefit from this funding, please contact Gregor MacLean.

Do you need IDEAWORKS’s assistance in preparing your funding application? Be sure to plan in advance! While we’re always available to answer any questions you may have, we have very limited internal capacity until April. In the meantime, we can connect you with external resources to support your writing.

Upcoming Events

Registration for 3D in Action 2022 is now open. This free conference on additive manufacturing will be held virtually on April 20 and 21.

IDEAWORKS fills the space between research and solutions by delivering customized support to organizations. Want to get involved as a Mohawk College researcher? Contact us at ideaworks@mohawkcollege.ca