Canada Economic Development has announced that the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) and its marine sciences institute, the Institut des Sciences de la Mer (ISMER), will receive a non-repayable contribution of approximately C$3.6 million.
This support will enable UQAR and ISMER to acquire specialized equipment to help boost research capabilities within the fields of wind energy, marine science and technology, marine geology, environmental chemistry, signal processing and telecommunications. The project will result in an overall investment of about $4 million and the creation of six skilled jobs.
The funding from Canada Economic Development has been awarded through the business and regional growth program, which aims to foster the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through innovation and the adoption of advanced technology.
‘In the context of the internationalization of R&D, cutting-edge equipment and competitiveness poles that bring businesses and research centers together are major assets in building a strong, innovative economy,’ says Denis Lebel, minister of state for Canada Economic Development.
Most of the equipment will be installed in UQAR's support center for innovation through research, the Centre d'Appui a l'Innovation par la Recherche (CAIR), where it will be made available to numerous SMEs and research facilities in the region.
By offering businesses leading-edge services and valuable multidisciplinary expertise, CAIR will be able to increase technology transfers to them. Other equipment will be housed at ISMER and on the research vessel Coriolis.
SOURCE: Canada Economic Development