Niagara College has suspended all on-campus classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has asked employees other than essential services to work remotely. This also means that no outside visitors are allowed on campus at this time and all applied research project work requiring presence on campus, which is not directly linked to the COVID-19 efforts, is currently suspended.
However, while most of the research is suspended, our intake is still underway. We are available now to hear about your potential project ideas, the challenges you face in your business, and how we may be able to put our research centres to work as partners solving your applied research challenges, in preparation for when regular activities resume.
These FAQs may help answer some questions about how we engage with industry:
Who is involved?
Niagara College works with companies from key sectors to access college resources to facilitate research projects in food and beverage; advanced manufacturing; and agriculture and environmental technologies.
What is involved?
Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) partner with our research teams of students, graduates and expert faculty, to:
- • develop new products
- • improve manufacturing production processes
- • increase food safety
- • explore shelf-life extension technologies
- • develop precision agriculture and agriculture technology tools
- • enhance greenhouse operations
- • advance horticultural practices
Visit the web pages of our innovation centres to learn what we do in each area:
- • Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre
- • Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre
- • Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre
We also have business and commercialization services within each of our Innovation Centres with the capability to work with small- and medium-sized businesses to assist with the design, creation and implementation of various technology applications, including PC, web and mobile applications, as well as 3D visualization, sensor development, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.
What are the results?
Industry partners take away new prototypes; products; processes; and test results that validate their products and services, bringing them ever closer to market.
Who owns the IP developed?
In all cases, the intellectual property developed during the project belongs to the partner.
Do these projects cost anything to the SME?
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 ensure thoughtful communication throughout the project and facilitate the transfer of technology at the end.
What programs are available now?
Currently, all applied research project work requiring presence on campus, which is not directly linked to the COVID-19 efforts, is suspended. We are still available to speak with you about your potential project ideas, and how we may be able to put our research centres to work as partners solving your applied research challenges, in preparation for when we are able to resume activities. For information on current opportunities for those projects can be found here.
How can I learn more?
Visit ncinnovation.ca, or contact Elizabeth Best, Business Development Coordinator: [email protected]