Selkirk College's SMARTS Program invites small and medium-sized businesses to submit proposals for technology-oriented research and development projects.
The Selkirk-SME Applied Research and Technology Solutions (SMARTS) Program connects businesses with Selkirk College faculty and student expertise in the fields of geospatial technology and digital fabrication. It aims to help small- and medium-sized enterprises use advanced technologies to develop new or improved products and services. The Program is supported by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance program (NRC IRAP). As a result of this support, financial assistance is available to cover a portion of research costs associated with successful proposals.
Proposed projects should make use of Selkirk College research expertise in a way that helps the applicant develop new or improved products, services, or business processes that are anticipated to drive growth of the enterprise. Projects should be experimental or innovative in nature. Note that services without a research or innovation component (e.g., cartography) are not offered through the SMARTS program. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the SMARTS team in advance of the proposal deadline to confirm their eligibility, discuss their project idea and its fit with Selkirk College researcher expertise, and get help to scope a proposal. See the ‘How to Apply’ section for contact information.
SMARTS researchers have broad expertise in the fields of geospatial technologies and digital fabrication. Past SMARTS projects have involved the following R&D services:
Rapid Prototyping (producing prototypes, researching and testing prototype designs and materials)
3D Modeling (scanning 3D objects for reproduction, generating 3D models for analysis and production)
Advanced Manufacturing Process Optimization (building custom digital fabrication equipment, improving productivity with new workflows and equipment configurations)
Web Mapping (developing innovative mapping platforms for data sharing and communications)
3D Visualizations (generating static and dynamic visualizations of 3D geospatial data, developing augmented reality and virtual reality applications)
Remote Sensing and Unmanned Aerial Systems (collecting data via UAV, testing sensors, analyzing remotely sensed data from UAV or satellite, developing workflows and algorithms)
Spatial Modeling (modeling landscape impacts of environmental change)
App Development and Customization (building customized mobile tools for geospatial data collection and sharing, researching and testing technology options)
If you have a technology-focused project idea that does not fit in the categories or digital fabrication orf geomatics, contact the SMARTS project team to discuss options. Faculty from other fields such as engineering, health and natural resources may also be available to provide research services depending on your project needs.
The program is open to small- or medium-sized enterprises (up to 500 employees) in Canada. Businesses must be growth-oriented.
Submissions are accepted on a continuous basis. The SMARTS programs ends in March 2019.
Available Funding & Eligible Expenses
The SMARTS program provides up to $5000 per project in research funding and proponents are required to contribute at least 25% of project costs. Projects with a larger budget may be proposed with the understanding that costs over the $5000 contribution will be the company’s responsibility. Eligible expenses for SMARTS funding are limited to Selkirk College research services, contractor fees and certain fees for access to specialized equipment. Selkirk College research services are expected to make up the majority of each project’s budget.
Please contact the SMARTS program facilitator, Lauren Rethoret, for the application form and to discuss your project idea.