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January 08, 2008— Ottawa, Ontario
The power of partnerships
NRC's success in helping to bring S&T innovations to market is largely the result of the partnerships we've built. By collaborating with our industrial partners and clients, universities, government, research funding agencies and economic development organizations, NRC turns individual strengths into powerful collective efforts.
NRC partnerships arise from different needs and opportunities. Partnerships can begin with collaborative research agreements, research and service contracts, or technology transfer agreements. Or they can involve contributions of funding, laboratory space and equipment, and property for new buildings.
NRC seeks partners with the expertise, assets and readiness to advance research on top national concerns. For example, to increase the pace of fuel cell discovery in Canada, we partnered with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, Canada research chairs and firms working on fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program are also working with us. This multi-partner collaboration, centred on our hydrogen and fuel cell-focused research facility in Vancouver, will help make this community a global provider of alternative energy solutions.
On the health front, we have joined with partners in Prince Edward Island to create the Centre for Bio-Resources and Health. NRC, the University of Prince Edward Island, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency are covering the cost of staff, equipment, construction and research projects. Companies that incubate in our Charlottetown facility benefit from the research, education, scientists, equipment and infrastructure made possible through partnership.
In Ottawa, we operate a $43 million photonics fabrication facility, the result of a visionary partnership between NRC, Carleton University and the Province of Ontario. This facility supports the growth of the Canadian photonics sector by helping companies, universities and other organizations develop prototypes for advanced photonic devices. It also provides a learning environment for Carleton doctoral students to increase their photonics skills.
Our latest partnership-driven initiative is the new Bioproducts National R&D Program, led jointly by NRC and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Both organizations are contributing assets, expertise and networks to plan a research program of the greatest benefit to Canadians.
These are just a few examples of the powerful NRC partnerships that are increasing the pace of discovery and commercialization in Canada. True to the spirit of the federal government's strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, NRC's collaboration with partners delivers better outcomes for Canadians.
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