Mohawk College receives $2.6 million for new research projects
We are grateful to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for its generous support. This funding will allow Mohawk students to gain valuable applied research experience, working with Mohawk researchers to find and implement innovative technical solutions that can give companies a competitive advantage. As one of Canada’s top-ranked research colleges, we look forward to contributing to a strong, resilient recovery in the Hamilton region.
Launching new Unmanned & Remote Sensing Innovation Network with colleges from across the country
Mohawk College is pursuing new research using remotely piloted vehicles and is helping companies address digital and communication challenges in their operations, thanks to $2.6 million in funding announced today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The college’s applied research department, IDEAWORKS, received two Applied Research and Technology Partnership (ARTP) grants to support economic recovery and help 24 Canadian companies access Mohawk’s expertise in a range of technology areas, such as unmanned remote sensing systems, cross-platform connectivity, sensor integration, technology automation, and cyber security.
As part of the funding, as many as 64 students will be hired as research team members to support the projects. They will gain valuable technical skills in areas such as software development, sensor integration, data/image analysis and hardware design.
The awarded applied research projects include:
Canadian Unmanned & Remote Sensing Innovation Network
Remote sensing using remotely piloted aerial systems, rovers and unmanned boats is emerging as a rapid and cost-effective tool for exploring and inspecting critical infrastructure systems in sectors as diverse as energy and utilities, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and security. To support and accelerate the use of technology in this field, the funding will be used to establish the Canadian Unmanned and Remote Sensing Innovation Network (CURSIN), a partnership between Mohawk College’s Unmanned and Remote Sensing Innovation Centre, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Digital Integration Centre of Excellence, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems. ARTP Option 2 Funding - $2,000,000
Recovery with Digitization and Connectivity of Products and Processes in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Manufacturing:
Canadian companies are still facing several challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including supply chain disruptions, logistical challenges and ongoing labour shortages. Mohawk applied researchers will help companies improve processes with technology, strengthen hardware/software communications and develop digitally connected products. The projects will leverage the expertise available in a number of IDEAWORKS research centres: the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the Energy & Power Innovation Centre, MEDIC, and the Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Lab. ARTP Option 1 Funding - $641,800
Additional funding through SONAMI
In addition to the above-funded projects, Mohawk College will receive research funding as part of a consortium of applied researchers that received ARTP funding to support additive manufacturing innovation. An announced $2 million was awarded to the Niagara College-led Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a network that includes Mohawk, Centennial College, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Lambton College, McMaster University Niagara College, and Sheridan College.
This funding is part of an announced federal investment of $46.9 million for 74 new applied research projects through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) program, managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This investment in applied research will allow colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics across the country to help Canadian small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) apply innovative research and technologies or developing them into useful new products and services.
“We are grateful to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for its generous support. This funding will allow Mohawk students to gain valuable applied research experience, working with Mohawk researchers to find and implement innovative technical solutions that can give companies a competitive advantage. As one of Canada’s top-ranked research colleges, we look forward to contributing to a strong, resilient recovery in the Hamilton region.” - Ron J. McKerlie, President & CEO, Mohawk College
“Today’s funding announcement recognizes the significant expertise available at Mohawk College’s innovation centres and research labs and the valuable role that applied research and college expertise plays in helping Canadian companies grow and thrive.”
- Cristina Gage, Interim Dean, Applied Research, Mohawk College
"This additional support from the Government of Canada is a testament to the value of colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics and how they contribute to Canadian innovation – from exceptional applied research expertise and training experience, to outstanding facilities and equipment. On behalf of the tri-agencies, congratulations to the successful colleges who will benefit from this special investment that will help their students, local businesses and communities thrive." - Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC