Transfer for Research Partnership Grants
- Research Partnership Grants is a program run by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, or NSERC, which supports unclassified university-based research.
- In these Estimates, National Defence is transferring $715,967 to NSERC to support the Research Partnership Grants.
- These grants fund projects at universities like Alberta, Calgary, Concordia, Laval, McMaster, Memorial, Toronto, and Victoria on a variety of non-weapon specific technologies, including:
- radar sensing and exploitation;
- space-based maritime domain awareness;
- UAV-based sensing technologies for anti-submarine warfare;
- human performance and decision support; and
- machine learning to support cognitive radar concepts.
- These grants ensure that National Defence, NSERC, and partners continue to be informed by research and scientific advancements in the fields of defence and national security.
- Since 1996, National Defence and NSERC have jointly managed and funded a Research Partnership Grant.
- Partnership Grants awarded in 2019-2020: 10
- Since 1996, National Defence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) have jointly managed and funded a Research Partnership Grant. These grants aim to:
- Capitalize on the complementary research and development capacity of National Defence and universities;
- Support the development of new technical capabilities in selected areas of interest to both National Defence and NSERC;
- Build strong linkages and create synergy between researchers in National Defence, universities, and the private sector;
- Achieve the efficient and effective transfer of research results to the public and the private sectors; and
- Train and develop highly qualified personnel in priority areas consistent with the future human resource requirements in the public and private sectors.
- Research-related activities are carried out unilaterally (University), bilaterally (University, National Defence), and multilaterally (University, National Defence, Industry).
- Examples of Joint Research Projects funded in 2019-2020:
- University of Calgary: Data Exploitation and Processing for Multi-Sensor Radar big data;
- McMaster University: Software-controlled Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar for Airborne Ground Surveillance & Multi-Level Adaptive Systems and Algorithms for Agile & Opportunistic Sensing;
- University of Victoria: UAV-Based Magnetic Anomaly Detection System for Remote Sensing (UAV-MAD);
- Concordia University: DEADALUS: Massive Scale Urban Reconstruction Classification and Rendering from Remote Sensing Imagery;
- Laval University: Using Biomimetic Technology as an approach to design Efficient Load-Bearing Exoskeleton for the Canadian Forces; and
- University of Toronto: Low-Cost Application – Aware, High Fidelity Methods for 5G Systems and Beyond.
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