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Strategy for Partnerships And Innovation. NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs Trends and Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation Presentation for Western Universities’ Vice Presidents’ Conference. Guy Levesque; Manager, NSERC- Prairies Rick Warner; Manager, NSERC-Pacific

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NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs Trends and Strategy for Partnerships and InnovationPresentation for Western Universities’ Vice Presidents’ Conference

Guy Levesque; Manager, NSERC- Prairies

Rick Warner; Manager, NSERC-Pacific

Friday March 5th, 2010

Victoria , BC


NSERC Vision and Mission for Partnerships and Innovation

VISION

NSERC will help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians.

MISSION

NSERC will achieve this by investing in people, discovery and innovation through programs that support post-secondary research in the natural sciences and engineering on the basis of national competitions.


Nserc s five goals
NSERC’s Five Goals for Partnerships and Innovation

  • Fuel the advancement of knowledge in science and engineering and ensure that Canadian scientists and engineers can be leaders and key players in a global knowledge community.

  • Connect and apply the strength of the academic research system to addressing the opportunities and challenges of prosperity for Canada.

  • Inspire new generations of students to pursue careers in science and engineering, and provide them with the means to develop their full potential.

  • Demonstrate NSERC’s accountability and how the results of its investments in Canadian research and training benefit Canadians.

  • Increase the visibility of Canadian research.


Alignment with the s t strategy advantages

Knowledge Advantage for Partnerships and Innovation

Build on research strengths, generate new ideas

Alignment with the S&T Strategy Advantages

Entrepreneurial Advantage

Translate knowledge into wealth, wellness and well-being

NSERC

1,400 company partners

26,500 students

12,000 professors

People Advantage

Attract, retain and grow base of knowledge workers.


NSERC’s Budget for Partnerships and Innovation(millions of dollars)


($000’s) for Partnerships and Innovation

NSERC Funding on the Prairies


Alberta for Partnerships and Innovation

Saskatchewan

($000’s)

($000’s)

Manitoba

($000’s)

NSERC Funding on the Prairies


($000’s) for Partnerships and Innovation

NSERC Funding in British Columbia


Nserc budget 2005 06 millions of dollars
NSERC for Partnerships and InnovationBudget 2005-06(millions of dollars)

Total : $865


NSERC Budget 2009-10 for Partnerships and Innovation(millions of dollars)

Total : $1,054


Business spending on r d is low
Business Spending on R&D is Low for Partnerships and Innovation

Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short, CCA, April 2009


University r d is canada s advantage
University R&D is Canada’s Advantage for Partnerships and Innovation

State of the Nation 2008, Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation System, Science, Technology and Innovation Council, 2009


Nserc context
NSERC Context for Partnerships and Innovation

  • 20,000 companies file SR&ED claims:

    • NSERC currently partners with:

      • 65 of top 100

      • perhaps 7% (1400) of all R&D companies

      • 2% of small companies (70% are unaware of NSERC)

  • Universities provide:

    • Disruptive innovation, students, publish or perish

  • Most SMEs want:

    • Incremental innovation, projects in weeks, secrecy


Performance measures
Performance Measures for Partnerships and Innovation


Leveraging gov t investments new strategy for partnerships and innovation
Leveraging Gov’t Investments: New for Partnerships and InnovationStrategy for Partnerships and Innovation

Goal: Better connect and apply post secondary research to create prosperity for Canada

4 Point Solutions-oriented Action Plan:

  • Build relationships: Help researchers and companies collaborate

  • Streamline access: Program changes and initiatives to increase the relevance of university and college research to industry innovation

  • Connect people and skills: Incent innovating companies to hire people with advanced degrees

  • Focus on national priorities: Build depth on the basis of technical area, industry, and/or region by focusing resources

    Regional offices working with companies. Pilots with current resources.


Innovation entrepreneurship 1 of 2
Innovation (Entrepreneurship) …1 of 2 for Partnerships and Innovation

Two types of input:

  • From companies that see value in university-industry partnerships we heard:

    • Intellectual property is a major challenge

    • Projects need to be more targeted

    • Professors’ research does not align with our needs

      NSERC has introduced:

    • A more liberal IP policy

    • Support for project management for partnered grants

    • Support for market studies for researchers


Innovation entrepreneurship 2 of 2
Innovation (Entrepreneurship) … 2 of 2 for Partnerships and Innovation

  • From Companies that want to explore university industry partnerships we heard:

    • NSERC who?

    • Need help in identifying potential university/industry partners

    • Building trust takes time and effort

    • Identifying and getting funding is complex and difficult

  • NSERC has:

    • Launched an eBulletin about partnerships and NSERC

    • Provided supports for early costs for researchers to make connections with companies (Interaction, ROF and SWP)

    • Provided for support first time collaborations between companies and professors (Engage)


Issues with actions over five years
Issues with Actions over five years for Partnerships and Innovation

eBulletin

Speed

Dating

(I)Concierge

BIZPAL-i

Interaction

costs

Building

Relationships

Problem

Posting

Staff

Exchanges

Capability

Projects

Relationship

builder

I2I+

Tech. Access

Centres

Structural

Equipment

Access

SME

Leverage

SBIR

IP

Project Mgmt.

Costs

Tech. Int’n

Centres

Vouchers

Note: Actions will be integrated with existing NSERC activities; many into existing programs

Market Studies

Post-Project

Hiring

People &

Skills

Promoscience+

IRDF w/ IRAP

Business

Skills

IRMF

Focus on Priorities

Strategic

Priorities

1

2

3

4

5

Year


What could the strategy mean
What could the Strategy mean? for Partnerships and Innovation

  • By fiscal year 2014-2015:

    • Industry invests an additional$250M/year(cash) in university collaborations, leveraging support from NSERC

    • Increase NSERC’s industry participation rate from 7% to15%

    • 1,400+additional companies involved with colleges & universities (yearly)

    • The successful Collaborative Research & Development program more than doubles

  • This will substantially improve Canada innovation success:

    • More successful company innovations

    • More capable work force

    • Stronger collaborations with post-secondary researchers


  • Interaction & Engage Grant Programs for Partnerships and Innovation

  • Purpose & Goals

  • How to contributeeven more to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of Canadians

    20,000 R&D active companies,

    • majority <50 employees with lower R&D capacity

    • Only 2% active with NSERC-RPP

      Huge potential for improvement

    • creation of more partnerships,

    • foster more innovation,

    • create more wealth and well being through applications.


  • Interaction & Engage Grant Programs for Partnerships and Innovation

  • Purpose & Goals

    Interaction and Engage grants…

    fast and easy access: 3 and 4 to 6 weeks,

    • two stage, two complementary purposes,

    • no peer review,

    • simplified application process,

    • no industrial cash,

    • IP belongs to the company

    • No prior collaboration


  • Interaction & Engage Grant Programs for Partnerships and Innovation

  • Purpose & Goals

    Interaction and Engage grants…

    encourage new partners to collaborate

    • Give a chance to get to know each other,

    • Identify a company specific challenge,

    • Explore a strategy to jointly solve it,

    • Tryout a short collaboration,

    • See what value was created,

    • Decide whether to continue or not,

      …in any possible way.


  • Interaction Grant for Partnerships and Innovation

    Timeline: maximum 3 months (extendable?)

    Deliverable

    • Up to $5,000 from the ROF,

    • To cover for travel, accommodation and venue,

    • For the applicant,

    • UILO and/or company staff if justified.

      Objective

    • Allow academic researchers to meet with potential industrial partners to discuss and identify a challenge specific to the company, that could be addressed by a subsequent R&D partnership.


  • Engage Grant for Partnerships and Innovation

    Timeline: maximum 6 months

    Deliverable

    • Up to $25,000 from Ottawa,

    • Direct cost of research,

    • HQP, User fees, equipment, consumable, publication, field travel,…

      Objective

    • Allow academic researchers to do the necessary research to address the identified company specific problem.

    • Try out – see if it works – consider the value/pertinence of subsequent collaboration


Initial Launch - Allocation for Partnerships and Innovation

Interaction is not a prerequisite for Engage

Interaction can lead directly to another partnership


EG Applications by Region {FY 2009-10} for Partnerships and Innovation


EG Applications by Company Size for Partnerships and Innovation

{FY 2009-10}


EG Applications by University Size for Partnerships and Innovation

{FY 2009-10}


Regional opportunities fund and strategic workshops program
Regional Opportunities Fund and Strategic Workshops Program for Partnerships and Innovation

  • ROF - Funding requests for small to medium-size events and activities range from $1,000 to $5,000.

  • SWP - Funding requests up to $25,000 to hold workshops to build collaborative networks.

  • Both provide opportunities for relationship building and research collaboration between industrial and post-secondary communities;

  • Promote participation in NSERC’s Research Partnership Programs


Contact for Partnerships and Innovation

Rick Warner

rick.warner@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

604-666-8811

NSERC-Pacific

Manager

Guy Levesque

guy.levesque@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

204-984-6300

NSERC-Prairies

Manager


Discussion for Partnerships and InnovationQuestions?Thank You!


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