Lambton College celebrates $6.3 million funding announcement, launch of three research centres
December 7, 2016
SARNIA, December 7, 2016 – Lambton College is celebrating after announcing $6.3 million in funding to assist in the establishment of three major research centres.
College officials made the announcement on Wednesday, December 7 during a formal celebration, which took place at the Applied Research & Innovation office.
During the event, Bert van den Berg, Director of Colleges, Commercialization & Portfolio Planning at Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) made the official announcement that the College had received two separate grants of $2.3 Million each from the NSERC Innovation Enhancement fund to establish the Bio-industrial Process Research Centre (BPRC) and the Lambton Energy Research Centre (LERC).
Established in 2015, the BPRC provides bio-industrial industry partners with the ability to conduct applied research in various areas, as well as services to test and commercialize bio-technologies and products. Additionally, the LERC, founded in 2016, aims to advance the research, development and commercialization of renewable energy conversion, storage, and management technologies.
During the announcement, Dr. Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Dean, Applied Research & Innovation at Lambton College said that both centres will support regional strategies to build two industrial clusters: the Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster and the Sarnia-Lambton Sustainable Energy Cluster.
“These two centres will be the applied research and development source for the industry attracted to these two clusters,” he explained.
The College also received an additional $1.7 million to establish the Centre for Industrial Material Development (CIMD), also established in 2016. The CIMD was funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Research Fund (ORF), which seeks to enhance the capacity of colleges to support business innovation in Canada by providing them with state-of-the-art, industry-relevant research infrastructure to foster partnerships.
The funding will be used to purchase a portfolio of advanced equipment for applied research activities in the area of advanced material development. With state of practice material processing and testing facilities, the CIMD will operate as a regional hub for industrial material development projects while providing services to industry to improve, develop, test, and commercialize new materials and products.
“These new research centres are being established as part of Lambton College’s Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies and will help us continue to provide our students with an exceptional experiential learning platform,” said Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “Lambton’s distinctive programs, applied research opportunities, community and industry engagement initiatives have helped our College solidify our position as the number one research college in the province, and third in the country.”
Last month, Research Infosource Inc.’s annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges revealed that Lambton College ranks first in Ontario and third in Canada for research activity. The College also ranked first in Canada for the number of paid research students (students involved in applied research projects that were paid for their work) at a medium-sized college.
For more information on Applied Research & Innovation at Lambton College, go to lambtoncollege.ca/research.
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