Four research networks have been awarded
-- The networks will receive a total of
are: -- Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) -
Sudbury- $15 million-- Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence in Precision Therapeutics ( PreThera Research) - Quebec City- $15 million-- Green Aviation Researchand Development Network (GARDN) - Montreal- $12 million-- Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) - Toronto- $7.7 million-- Business-Led NCEs increase business investments in R&D, help companies grow, add value to products and services, create jobs, increase
productivity and develop greener practices by merging academic expertise
with the private sector's drive to respond to real-world challenges. -- This is the second competition for new networks held since the BL-NCE program was created by the Government of
Canadain Budget 2007. The program was made permanent in 2012 with annual funding of $12 million. -- Funding is leveraged by other sources, as partners pay at least half of each network's eligible direct research costs.
"Our government is committed to supporting research that addresses private sector R&D challenges in key priority areas, for the benefit of all Canadians. The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program enhances private sector innovation by blending academic expertise with the private sector's drive to solve real-world challenges. These networks bring expertise and stimulate private sector investment in R&D, innovation and competitiveness. For example, right here in
"Companies are attracted to Business-Led networks because they see clearly how these kinds of collaborations will add value to their bottom line. The program provides a way to bring together competing companies in pursuit of solutions to shared problems."
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Networks of Centres of Excellence
The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the BL-NCE program, operates a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies-the
Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program
Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) encourage the private sector to solve major R&D challenges by drawing on the talent and resources of postsecondary institutions and research organizations. The program funds large-scale collaborative networks, led by not-for-profit industry consortia, which bring a wide range of research expertise to bear on challenges identified by industry.
Business-Led NCEs increase business investments in R&D, help companies grow, add value to products and services, create jobs, increase productivity and develop greener practices by merging academic expertise with the private sector's drive to respond to real-world challenges. Launched in 2007 and made permanent by the government in 2012, the BL-NCE program also supports the training of skilled researchers, and connects the resulting ideas and talent to businesses seeking to bring innovations to market.
Businesses play a hands-on role in the networks' agenda and the design and execution of projects. Matching requirements mean that at least half of each network's research costs are paid by partners. BL-NCEs are unique among federal granting agency programs in that they allow network-funded research to take place at private-sector partners' facilities. The program focuses on five priority research areas:
2014 competition results
As a result of the 2014 BL-NCE competition, the following networks have been awarded funding over five years:
Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence in Precision Therapeutics
The Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence in Precision Therapeutics (
Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process
The Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) network will help Canadian electronics manufacturers compete globally by offering tools to bring innovative products to market faster. Bringing together academic partners, research organizations, and a wide range of companies, the network's R&D projects will focus on developing reliable and environmentally compliant materials such as lead-free solders, smaller and cheaper optical devices, and more efficient solar cells. Sharing resources and knowledge will help the electronics sector lower costs, improve processes and products, and become more environmentally sustainable.
Ultra Deep Mining Network
The Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) will help solve critical challenges that affect the international competitiveness of Canadian mining companies. Innovative tools will improve the safety and productivity of ultra-deep mines (deeper than 2.5 km) that produce gold, nickel, copper and other specialized metals. The results of research conducted in deep metal mines will help the oil and gas industry improve its ability to extract hydrocarbons from deep shale deposits. UDMN will also help members commercialize new technologies by offering the members the opportunity to carry out prototyping and testing of new products at actual mine sites. The network's activities will reinforce
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