NC named among top research colleges in Canada for second straight year

Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 15 colleges in the country for research funding according to a new national study to be released this week.

In its report “Top 50 Research Colleges” Research Infosource Inc. ranks Niagara College 12th based on total research funding numbers for 2013. This represents one move up from the inaugural report last year which placed the college at 13. For the second year in a row Niagara College was also fourth among Ontario’s five leading colleges.

What’s more using data from the past two years Niagara College’s research funding increased by more than 24% between 2012 and 2013 up to $4.036 million in 2013 from $3.246 million. The 2013 figure represents a 52% increase from two years previous when research funding totalled $2.644 million in 2011.

Research funding allows the college to partner with small- and medium-sized businesses in the region to conduct projects that provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes evaluating new technologies and developing new or improved products and processes.

“Supporting economic development in Niagara by leading in research and innovation is a key strategic priority for Niagara College” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “This report shows that we’re making important progress in that regard. The research funding we’re able to attract funds projects that help local companies innovate and create jobs while connecting our students and faculty to industry. We’re grateful that the provincial regional and federal governments have made these important investments in innovation in Niagara.”

Research funding is administered by Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division. With funding support from various regional provincial and federal agencies students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace.

“The College’s ranking among the top 15 colleges in Canada for research funding is a great endorsement of the wide-ranging work being done by our innovation centres especially in advanced manufacturing precision agriculture and the food and beverage sector” said Marc Nantel NC’s associate vice-president of Research & Innovation. “We are encouraged by our division’s progress and expect to see that ranking climb even higher as we add specialized equipment and infrastructure and attract new project funding in the coming year.”

Research Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities corporate R&D spenders and research hospitals. This year marks the second year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada.

A special report on all 2013 categories including comprehensive listings analysis and insight will be published on Friday Nov. 7.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre and the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions.

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