NSERC elicits feedback across the Prairies

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) invites you to participate in a discussion that will help guide the investment of more than $800 million in research and development (R&D) over the next five years.

NSERC currently partners with approximately 1,500 companies through a range of funding programs that support university-industry R&D collaborations and place students and recent PhDs in industry. These companies gain a competitive advantage not only from the knowledge that is generated, but also through preferential access to highly skilled, job-ready students.

Through a series of meetings with industry across Canada, NSERC hopes to develop a strategic plan for the funding of R&D partnerships between businesses and post-secondary institutions. From these meetings, they expect to gain a better understanding of innovation in industry, what industry needs to be more innovative, and the role academic research and highly-trained people can play in industrial innovation.

The meeting for companies involved in the ICT-New Media Sector across the Prairies will be held on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at University of Alberta’s Enterprise Square. Please RSVP to Roxanne Balcaen by email at roxanne.balcaen@nserc.ca before November 28th if you plan on attending. For participants located outside of Edmonton, NSERC will reimburse reasonable travel costs.