The SMARTS program connects small- and medium-sized businesses with applied research expertise in the fields of geospatial technology, digital fabrication and rapid prototyping.
Companies that innovate and embrace technology are leaders in today’s competitive economy. Many firms realize the importance of research and development, but don’t have the capacity or expertise they need to make their ideas happen. As a hub of innovation and learning, Selkirk College can offer applied research support to help businesses develop new products and services.
The SMARTS program builds on the Adopting Digital Technologies program, a success story featured by the National Research Council, which provided small- and medium-sized businesses with direct support, technical training, and advisory services aimed at increasing productivity through the use of digital technologies
Support for Development of Products and Services
The goal of the SMARTS program is to engage in research that results in the development of innovative products or services that local businesses can bring to market. Businesses may be eligible for the SMARTS program if they:
Have less than 500 employees
Selkirk College knows that research and development partnerships that involve marketable products or services require strict confidentiality. Businesses can rest assured that the College maintains confidentiality protocols to protect the interests of both the business and the College.
Funding Available for a Limited Time
The SMARTS program runs until mid-2016 and is supported by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). Selkirk College may be able to provide funding to cover the majority of research costs associated with approved projects. In most cases, however, businesses will also be asked to contribute a portion of project expenses.
Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre
The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) provides access to skilled researchers and leading-edge technology that helps organizations meet their geospatial research, training, and reporting needs. Led by Ian Parfitt, the SGRC team are experts in technologies that enable remote sensing, web mapping and geospatial analysis. The SGRC has been recognized as Most Innovative Organization twice by the Kootenay Association of Science and Technology (KAST) and is closely connected to Selkirk’s Advanced Diploma and Bachelor Degree in GIS.
Digital Arts and New Media Program
The Digital Arts and New Media Program (DANM) provides training for students that want to work in the new media industry, but it is also host to skilled researchers and state-of-the-art equipment that has been put to use solving research and development challenges faced by companies in the manufacturing and design sectors. Led by Jason Taylor, the DANM team applies innovative approaches to help companies meet their digital fabrication and rapid prototyping needs.
Other College Support
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute and the Community Education and Workplace Training Department provide advisory and administrative support to the SMARTS project.
Apply for Support
Have a project idea that you want to explore with the SMARTS team? Want to discuss your expertise and funding needs? Contact the project coordinator Lauren Rethoret.