Organization: National Research Council

NRC agreement amended to focus on cellulosic ethanol

Vancouver’s Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc (NAT) has amended its current agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) to focus on an area of cellulosic ethanol production that is hampering widespread use of the feedstock for fuel. The two parties agreed to divert existing funding from their collaboration on advanced enzyme technology for the extraction and…

NRC and Agrisoma Biosciences launch project

The National Research Council and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc are merging technologies to develop uses for low-emission agricultural bioproducts for energy production. The five-year project will focus on open access intellectual property for industry and is expected to improve production and crop yields for oilseeds such as canola and mustard. The collaboration between the NRC’s Plant…

BC clean energy cooperative formed to assist sector

A BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative has been formed to act as a source of talent, knowledge and expertise for the clean energy sector. The cooperative was formed through a letter of intent between the National Research Council‘s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, the Univ of British Columbia and BC Hydro‘s clean energy subsidiary, Powertech…

NRC, Agfa and McMaster to create medical test registry

The National Research Council has signed a multi-partner collaborative agreement to launch the Dose Registry and Radiation Exposure Monitor. The project aims to establish a first-in-Canada registry for patients undergoing medical tests and commercialize the results worldwide. The NRC’s Institute for Information Technology is partnering with McMaster Univ, Hamilton Health Sciences Corp and Agfa HealthCare…

NRC’s PBI teams with Dutch plant genomics consortium

The National Research Council‘s Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI) in Saskatoon is partnering on three canola research projects with the Netherland’s Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG). The collaboration is a first between the two organizations and will focus on studying the genetics of lipid metabolism in canola to improve nutritional value, examine seed quality and vigour…

NRC and French agency launch MRI collaboration

The National Research Council has struck an agreement with France’s Commissariat a l’energie atomique (CEA) to develop technologies using ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The project is the second NRC-CEA collaboration under a memorandum of understanding signed in July/08….

NRC teams with DND for three IT projects

The National Research Council‘s Institute for Information Technology (IIT) and Canadian Forces Base Gagetown are collaborating on three R&D projects in support of Gagetown’s new Immersive Reflexive Engagement Trainer facility. The two-year projects are valued at $2.6 million with NRC and the Department of National Defence contributing 60% and 40% respectively. The projects are: Laser…

NRC’s infrastructure cluster receives renewal funds

The federal government has renewed the National Research Council‘s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Research (CSIR) in Regina The $4 million renewal is far less that the $10 million the Centre originally received in 2003. It will go towards further technology development for public infrastructure including drinking water, stormwater and waste water systems. The CSIR is…

NRC renews funding for youngest clusters

The National Research Council (NRC) has renewed funding to the newest of its cluster initiatives in Charlottetown and Regina. The renewal provides $12 million over two years to the NRC Nutrisciences and Health Technology Cluster (in Charlottetown ($8 million) and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Initiative in Regina ($4 million). Both cluster initiatives were launched in FY03-04.…

EADS opens Montreal office at NRC’s IAR

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) has strengthened ties with the National Research Council (NRC) with the opening of an office in the Montreal branch of the NRC Institute for Aerospace Research (IAR). The new office follows the June/08 signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding between the two organizations, which has already produced…