Nov 09, 2011
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
BVC gains eligibility for national research funding
CALGARY - Bow Valley College (BVC), already with a vigorous applied research portfolio, is now eligible to administer research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
After a comprehensive and rigorous application process, BVC and NSERC signed a memorandum of understanding on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards.
"This agreement demonstrates the government's commitment to innovation and its conviction that comprehensive community colleges have important roles to play in the future of research in Canada," said Sharon Carry, President and CEO, Bow Valley College.
The agreement will allow BVC to participate as applicants in NSERC's Idea to Innovation Program, which provides funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential.
BVC reviewed and revised its applied research policies in preparation for eligibility for NSERC, and to apply to two other national research-granting bodies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Applied research at the College will be focused in four key areas: Teaching and Learning; Foundational Learning and Assessment; Health Workforce Development; and Immigrant Advancement.
BVC has obtained close to $3 million in external funding over the past two years for various research projects, many of which involved numerous partners in education, government, and community organizations.
"The College community will continue to engage in research projects with other post-secondary institutions and external organizations that enrich the landscape of education, strengthen communities, and transform learning," said Carry.
Click here to learn more about BVC's most recent applied research projects.
Click here to learn more about NSERC.