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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff- January 15, 2021

Discover new opportunities in Applied Research.

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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

IDEAWORKS is excited to share that Gregor MacLean, Manager of Research Proposals, has joined the IDEAWORKS team on a permanent, full-time basis. Gregor joined the IDEAWORKS team almost two years ago on an investment proposal funded contract to provide grant writing support for the Innovation Centres and for researchers from across the college. Because of Gregor’s support of college researchers and their funding proposals, over $5 million in new funding has been awarded to Mohawk.

NSERC Engage Grants provide up to $25,000 of funding for up to six months. Engage Grants are designed to give innovative companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Plan to apply for Engage funding at least 5-8 months in advance of the project start date. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Neil Wilkinson.

The MITACS Business Strategy Internship Program is a new program that was initiated through a federal contribution spurred by COVID-19. For the BSI, Mitacs will match $5,000 contributed by a company to provide a student with a $10,000 total stipend for a 4-6 month business-oriented project to help a partner adjust to COVID-19 circumstances and modern challenges. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Neil Wilkinson.

MaRS has launched the Lung Cancer Innovation Challenge. Conceived in collaboration with Merck Canada, the Lung Cancer Innovation Challenge aims to identify, implement and scale solutions that can enhance a lung cancer patient’s journey by reducing the length of time between diagnosis and treatment, and enabling improved treatment outcomes. Designed for Ontario-based innovators (including researchers) creating novel solutions to improve the lung cancer patient journey, the competition features a $100,000 CAD grand prize, with a runner-up prize of $50,000 CAD. Learn more at the virtual launch event on January 20, 2021.

Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events

IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund (ICF) Webinar Series

  • The Wellness Connection Program & The Power of Peer Mentorship presented by Lisa Alfano, Sara Ali and Cheryl Richesin on February 4, 2021, 2 p.m. Register here.
  • Mind the Gap: Arts-based strategies for Enhancing Essential Employability Skills presented by Christine Boyko-Head on February 16, 2021, 2 p.m. Register here.
  • Characterizing growth condition of plants using multispectral sensors installed on the UAV presented by Greg Matzke on March 2, 2021, 2 p.m. Register here.
  • Impact of Experiential Learning Camp Retreat on Student Success presented by Michelle Turan, Joanne Brohman, Tracy Hopkins, Upasana Panda and Monica Almas on March 18, 2021, 2 p.m. Register here.

NSERC has launched their annual Science Exposed competition. The goal of Science Exposed is to help foster a science culture in Canada by capturing vibrant research images that showcase the work of our talented research community. The individuals or groups that have the most successfully combined creativity and science will be awarded one of the many cash prizes. The contest closes on January 18. Please notify IDEAWORKS if you are planning on submitting an image.

Featured IDEAWORKS Project

A new project has been spearheaded by Mohawk’s Climate Change Leaders program and Sustainability Research Chair Tony Cupido: the installation of new air purification equipment in the ventilation systems in up to 10 schools. Read more.

More information

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