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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

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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
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.
alignment with the s t strategy advantages

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.

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($000’s)

NSERC Funding on the Prairies

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Alberta

Saskatchewan

($000’s)

($000’s)

Manitoba

($000’s)

NSERC Funding on the Prairies

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($000’s)

NSERC Funding in British Columbia

business spending on r d is low
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
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
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
leveraging gov t investments new strategy for partnerships and innovation
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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
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Initial Launch - Allocation

Interaction is not a prerequisite for Engage

Interaction can lead directly to another partnership

regional opportunities fund and strategic workshops program
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
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Contact

Rick Warner

[email protected]

604-666-8811

NSERC-Pacific

Manager

Guy Levesque

[email protected]

204-984-6300

NSERC-Prairies

Manager

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