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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff- April 1, 2022

Discover new opportunities in Applied Research


Inside Mohawk Graphic_IDEAWORKS_UpdateFunding opportunities with an April deadline

 The Circulate CoLab Challenege #2 is open. The Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad is looking for teams of two to seven companies or organizations to propose ideas for how they would work together to reduce waste and emissions, increase productivity and shift a typically linear business model toward a circular approach that’s environmentally and financially sustainable over the long term. Applications are due April 8, 2022 and you should check with your associate dean or manager before applying due to the tight deadline.

CIRA’s Community Investment Program grants fund innovative community internet projects to build a resilient, trusted and secure internet for all Canadians. The grant application period is open until April 13, 2PM ET and you should allow at least a week of internal review time. With priority funding areas in infrastructure, digital literacy, cybyersecurity and community leadership. Please consult with your associate dean or manager before applying.   

Funding opportunities with a June deadline

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 June 1, 2022. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson to request a project planning template

Funding opportunities with rolling deadlines

MITACS Accelerate funding supports collaborative research projects with colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics (students and faculty) and the organizations that benefit from their expertise. An eligible partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $7,500. If you are interested in applying for MITACS funding, please contact Andrea Johnson. For other MITACS funding that are employer-led, please contact your co-op specialist.

NSERC 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.

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 2023 and 2024. 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 May.

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.

Get in touch with us
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