Author: Mark Henderson

Government announces decision to shut down NRU reactor by March 31/18

The government has chosen March 31/18 as the date when it will shut down the NRU reactor, Canada’s only nuclear reactor devoted to medical isotope production and neutron physics research. The announcement signals the government’s decision to abandon its plans for seeking a five-year extension past the October 31/16 end of its current licencing mandate.

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CIIRDF helps Israel and Nova Scotia forge collaboration to grow promising tech firms

Entrepreneurs and companies in Nova Scotia and Israel will be pursuing collaborative R&D partnerships via a new program struck between the two jurisdictions. The Nova Scotia-Israel Innovation Program (NSIIP) is intended to facilitate the creation and commercialization of technologies by start-ups with the aim of developing full scale operations with global market reach.

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ISTPCanada’s future uncertain as money and time run out on current mandate

One of Canada’s few programs for supporting bilateral industrial R&D is set to close its doors nine years after it was introduced. Funding for International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) will expire March 31/15 with no indication that its funder — the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) — is prepared to maintain support beyond the end of the fiscal year.

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Alberta axes new agriculture research endowment fund

Plummeting oil prices have killed an Alberta endowment for agricultural research less than a year after it was announced with great fanfare. The beleaguered provincial government has eliminated the Alberta Future Fund.

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OCE teams with Toronto’s financial services firms to boost sector’s size and influence

Toronto’s financial services sector is tapping into Ontario’s high-tech expertise to address growing challenges and gain competitive advantage. The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) have entered a collaborative agreement that will see financial firms partner with academic-based researchers and tech companies to develop common intellectual property (IP) and new spin-offs.

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NSERC suite of programs making sizable gains in industry-academic collaboration

Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation

A new report on the first five years of a research strategy for industry-academic collaboration indicates that the suite of programs created by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is resulting in an unprecedented number of joint projects and activities, many of which have evolved into long-term relationships.

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