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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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Strategy for Partnerships

And Innovation


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

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

  • 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.


Knowledge Advantage

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(millions of dollars)


($000’s)

NSERC Funding on the Prairies


Alberta

Saskatchewan

($000’s)

($000’s)

Manitoba

($000’s)

NSERC Funding on the Prairies


($000’s)

NSERC Funding in British Columbia


NSERCBudget 2005-06(millions of dollars)

Total : $865


NSERC Budget 2009-10(millions of dollars)

Total : $1,054


Business Spending on R&D is Low

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


University R&D is Canada’s Advantage

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


NSERC Context

  • 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


Leveraging Gov’t Investments: New Strategy 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

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

  • 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

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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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

Interaction is not a prerequisite for Engage

Interaction can lead directly to another partnership


EG Applications by Region {FY 2009-10}


EG Applications by Company Size

{FY 2009-10}


EG Applications by University Size

{FY 2009-10}


Regional Opportunities Fund and Strategic Workshops Program

  • 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

Rick Warner

[email protected]

604-666-8811

NSERC-Pacific

Manager

Guy Levesque

[email protected]

204-984-6300

NSERC-Prairies

Manager


DiscussionQuestions?Thank You!


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