Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities. We are currently seeking industry partnerships in the following areas:
Social Media Marketing Funding Available
Niagara College has received Vouchers for e-Business (VEB) funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence to address social media usage for social marketing by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Social media is an integral piece of any organization’s marketing plan; however, social media remains underutilized by many smaller businesses. Niagara College will work with 10 companies from a variety of sectors that are ready to invest in improving their social marketing, and provide the expertise of faculty and students to support them in this endeavour.
The Niagara College team will collaborate with the industry partner to conduct a social media audit. Once the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s current efforts have been identified, the students and faculty will lead the company in an in-person training session to ensure they understand the purpose of investment in social media and some of the tactics required. The company will then implement these tactics for four weeks before the College team repeats the audit to measure the impact of the training.
Interested companies should contact EBest@NiagaraCollege.ca or complete the application form available at https://www.ncinnovation.ca/information-for-industry/partnership-application. Vouchers will be distributed on first come, first served basis to those applications which meet the funding criteria.
Productivity Assessments available to
Thanks to funding from the Niagara Region, Niagara College is able to help small- and medium-sized enterprises improve their competitive edge within their market.
Through the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, we have assembled a team of industrial engineers, faculty and students to assess the work cell productivity of up to five Niagara manufacturing businesses.
The team will make recommendations for operational improvement through the development of a comprehensive report, which contains an overview of processes requiring improvements and a set of recommendations with return-on-investment opportunities.
By observing work flows, our team will identify safety concerns and productivity inefficiencies, and make recommendations for improvement.
Projects usually run from between four and six weeks in length, and require a cash and in-kind contribution from the company.
Past productivity assessments have been completed for a local agricultural operation; an aerospace company; an industrial greenhouse operation; a bottling plant; and a materials plant.
Email Elizabeth Best, or call 905-641-2252, ext. 4287 to receive your project application.
SONAMI – Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
Who – Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, in association with its partners at McMaster University’s McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI); Mohawk College’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC); and Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT).
What – Niagara College has been granted funding from FedDev to support the creation of the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI). From prototype development to production planning and production automation, SONAMI partners have capabilities in:
Discover the advantages and limitations of additive manufacturing, and applying it to all parts of the innovation process, from design to prototyping to marketing
Adapting production to market demand through the use of robots, computer-controlled machines, sensors, and other stand-alone systems
High Productivity Manufacturing
Tooling selection, development and process optimization to realize new & improved products and robust full-scale manufacturing processes, from traditional to advanced materials
Integrating machinery with networked sensors and software to increase monitoring and feedback from operations
Eligible projects should be focused on new product development with an eye to commercialization. The product may be at any stage of development when the project begins. The length of the project will vary dependent upon the level and type of assistance requested.
When – Projects must be completed by December 31, 2018.
How the funding works – FedDev will support up to 50% of the eligible project costs. The industry partner must support at least 50% of the eligible research costs, i.e. must provide at least 1:1 matching on the FedDev contribution. The matching contribution may consist of cash and in-kind support however a minimum of 20% must be in cash.
Funding available for Business Solutions Projects
Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is currently seeking Industry Partners who require assistance with business challenges such as market research; marketing & advertising plans; and sales strategies & prospect lists.
Support from Niagara Region and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) means funding is available for firms in the Manufacturing and Food & Beverage sectors to access these services through the College.