IRBs-ITBs and funding

Camosun College is open for IRB/ITB business.

Public-Private Consortia and IRB / ITB benefits – 5:1 multiplier

Camosun works closely with Western Economic Diversification and west coast SMEs to help build industry partnerships and Public-Private Consortia. The funding opportunities described below can be structured to provide 5:1 IRB / ITB multiplier.

Link Directly to Vancouver Island Suppliers:

Camosun College has deep roots into the local economy. We are all about referrals and creating business linkages to Vancouver Island suppliers of products, training and services. Vancouver Island is home to hundreds of high tech companies, the RCN’s Pacific Fleet, and the Vancouver Island Aerospace Alliance.


High-leveraged funding opportunities:

Camosun College has been very successful over the past five years, in applying for Applied Research support funding from a variety of agencies including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Western Economic Diversification. There are a few opportunties open this year, and next, to access some very high-leveraged funding – see below for more details.

Industrial Research Chair

Leverage Opportunity:

NSERC – Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC)

Details:

Five year term: $100,000 – $200,000 per year federal grant with equivalent cash or relevant in-kind Industrial contribution. (second and third terms – if awarded – require 50% and 100% of the industry contribution respectively to be cash)

Camosun Areas of expertise and growth:

Chair 1 – 3D scanning and digital modelling for industrial applications.

Timing / Industry Commitment:

Applications due October 2015. Commitment (conditional upon approval of funding by NSERC) needed before application deadline to participate if grant application approved.


Camosun’s Interaction Lab

Leverage Opportunity:

Western Economic Diversification Program

Details:

Three year project at 50% – 60% assisted funding. Require $1.2M total – ideally would be combined with IRCC.

The Interaction Lab will be the place where local industry can explore the latest technology alongside Camosun’s technology students and faculty. It will be outfitted with the latest software and equipment in 3D scanning and digital modelling, computer assisted manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, multi-axis machining, manufacturing simulation, integrated production control and composites capabilities. There will be workspace for projects, both grant-assisted applied research projects and student projects. Instruction space will be utilized for specialized training in a number of manufacturing fields… for example, innovation management for manufacturing leaders, proprietary equipment training put on by vendors, automation and robotics for technology students and industry, and more.

Camosun Areas of expertise and growth:

Industrial engineering, automation, product design, product improvement, process improvement, and composites.

Timing / Industry Commitment:

New industry partners currently welcome.


Applied Research Tools and Instrumentation Grants.

Leverage Opportunity:

NSERC ARTI Grant Program

Details:

One-time equipment support grants of up to $150,000 with no matching funds required. The grant must be applied to equipment purchases that support activity in a field of Applied Research. These grants can be used to further leverage activity that supports IRCC above.

Camosun Areas of expertise and growth:

Any of the above-identified areas of activity.

Timing / Industry Commitment:

Applications due November 17 2015. No commitment of cash or in-kind required, however a commitment to utilize the equipment and work with Camosun College on Applied Research activity is required.


Innovation Enhancement Grant

Leverage Opportunity:

NSERC – Innovation Enhancement Grant (IE)

Details:

Five year term – $2.3M grant based on minimum $100k industry contribution in each of years 4 and 5. Designed to grow capacity in a field of applied research – for example could support project activities of an Industrial Research Chair.

Camosun Areas of expertise and growth:

High aspect ratio wing design, AUV design, other?

Timing / Industry Commitment:

Letter of intent (evaluated for invitation to apply) late May 2015 and May 2016. Industry commitment to assist with building Applied Research infrastructure plus $100k industry contribution in each of years 4 and 5.


Technology Access Centre Grant

Leverage Opportunity:

NSERC – Technology Access Centre Grant (TAC)

Details:

Five year term – $1.75M grant  issued at $350,000 per year. This grant is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure to support industrial access to the technical resources of the college, particularly as they relate to an area of Applied Research Activity, for example UAV aeronautical design, Composite structures, or 3D modeling.