Information for Industry

Are you looking to advance your organization? Do you have an innovative idea but lack the resources to bring it to life? We can help. Our applied research teams collaborate with local small- and medium-sized businesses in a wide range of specializations. We are ready to put together a strong research team determined to find the appropriate solution for you.

 

Information for Industry was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by cms007ad
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What industry says…

“Our partnership with Niagara College has been instrumental in increasing the quality and pace of our sophisticated software development, keys to gaining early mover advantage in the international markets we serve.”

Terry Mactaggart, President and CEO, Ultimate Kiosk Inc.

2015-10-30T13:04:07+00:00

Terry Mactaggart, President and CEO, Ultimate Kiosk Inc.

“Our partnership with Niagara College has been instrumental in increasing the quality and pace of our sophisticated software development, keys to gaining early mover advantage in the international markets we serve.”
“Working together in completing applied research projects with Niagara College provides industry with a new knowledge base and tools to develop viable products as well as other benefits along a whole value chain.”

Earthgen International Ltd.

2015-10-30T13:05:07+00:00

Earthgen International Ltd.

“Working together in completing applied research projects with Niagara College provides industry with a new knowledge base and tools to develop viable products as well as other benefits along a whole value chain.”
“OMAFRA has been working with Niagara College to develop innovative soil mapping and precision agricultural applications. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the College on tools that will continue to benefit Ontario’s agriculture industry.”

Stewart Sweeney, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

2015-10-30T13:44:33+00:00

Stewart Sweeney, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

“OMAFRA has been working with Niagara College to develop innovative soil mapping and precision agricultural applications. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the College on tools that will continue to benefit Ontario’s agriculture industry.”
“At Calhoun Sportswear, we were able to cut the time to complete production and prepare the item for shipping by almost 50%. Our company has proven itself with quick shipping and good quality.”

Michelle Myers, co-owner, Calhoun Sportswear

2015-10-30T13:48:46+00:00

Michelle Myers, co-owner, Calhoun Sportswear

“At Calhoun Sportswear, we were able to cut the time to complete production and prepare the item for shipping by almost 50%. Our company has proven itself with quick shipping and good quality.”
“Niagara College brings youth, enthusiasm and knowledge to a tough playing field where every dollar is critical to the survival of many small businesses.”

Bob Benner, Hamill Machine Company Inc.

2015-11-02T08:58:38+00:00

Bob Benner, Hamill Machine Company Inc.

“Niagara College brings youth, enthusiasm and knowledge to a tough playing field where every dollar is critical to the survival of many small businesses.”
“Without access to Niagara College’s faculty, students, equipment, and network of co-packers, MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager would not have been possible, let alone become one of our best sellers in the U.S. market.”

Brian Bolshin, president, MADD Virgin Drinks

2015-11-02T09:04:23+00:00

Brian Bolshin, president, MADD Virgin Drinks

“Without access to Niagara College’s faculty, students, equipment, and network of co-packers, MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager would not have been possible, let alone become one of our best sellers in the U.S. market.”
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    Fill out and submit the project collaboration form. A representative of Research & Innovation will contact you. We will answer any preliminary questions and discuss the viability of your project idea(s).

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    we evaluate

    Our decision committee will review and discuss the details of your project to determine its feasibility. If accepted, we will work with you to establish next steps and project details.

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    Execute the project. You will work closely with your Research & Innovation team during all phases of the project to achieve your project goals.

     

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    reap the rewards

    After project sign-off, you obtain rights to the intellectual property generated from the project. You can now benefit from the project’s deliverables and achieve greater success for your organization!

Industry FAQ

What are the criteria you use to decide which projects you will undertake?

We have a few areas of focus in which we try to take projects: Advanced Manufacturing, Horticulture and Agriculture, New media and ICT, Health and Community Service, Food & Culinary (including beverages), and Business. We try to evaluate the probability that a successful project will result in economic development for you and the region – new products/services/processes, new markets for the company, new jobs. We also look at the fit with the college mission and educational opportunities for students and faculty.

What is expect of the company for a government-funded project?

It depends on the funding being leveraged, but there is usually a requirement for some cash and/or in-kind contribution from the partner company. For example, the in-kind contribution can be equipment, use of company facilities, or time from company experts. Part of the in-kind commitment is an involvement of staff from the company in the project to insure a good communication throughout the project and facilitate the transfer of technology at the end.

Who would be working on the project?

The Research Project Manager from Niagara College would be the main point of contact for the company and the person responsible for the management of the project; the faculty would be in charge of the technical aspects; and the students and research associates would be the main workers and learners on the project.

How does Niagara College benefit?

A successful applied research project benefits all stakeholders, including Niagara College as a whole. Our students and recent graduates benefit from being involved in a leading edge, real-world project. Our faculty benefit from professional development, and the ability to apply what they have learned from applied research into their course-based teaching. The College benefits from positive publicity. As Niagara College leads more and more successful research projects, their role as a provider to the community grows stronger and their reputation is enhanced.

What happens with the intellectual property (IP) upon project completion?

You’re protected. In the majority of cases, the intellectual property is 100% owned by the industry partner upon project sign-off. However, intellectual property is dealt with on a case by case basis, and Research & Innovation will address IP allocation with each industry partner before the project begins.

As an industry partner, how much time should I expect to dedicate to the research project?

Time commitment depends on the nature of the project. It is important for the industry partner to remember that the quality and success of the research project is largely dependent on their level of commitment. An engaged and dedicated industry partner allows the research team to ensure the potential of the project is maximized and deliverables are met.

What is a course-based project?

Course-Based Projects bring together small- and medium-sized businesses, along with Niagara College faculty and students to provide solutions for a specific industry need. Click HERE to learn more.


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Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Research & Innovation.