The SMARTS program connects small- and medium-sized businesses with applied research expertise in the fields of geospatial technology and digital fabrication.
Today’s competitive economy is led by companies that innovate and embrace technology. As a hub of innovation and learning, the Selkirk-SME Applied Research and Technology Solutions program (SMARTS) offers applied research support to help businesses develop new or improved products and services.
Areas of Research Expertise
Geospatial technologies – unmanned aerial vehicles, remote sensing, web mapping, 2D and 3D visualizations, virtual reality, and spatial modelling. Contact Ian Parfitt.
Advanced manufacturing – rapid prototyping, large format 3D printing, combined additive and subtractive manufacturing, by-product utilization, materials testing, and process optimization. Contact Jason Taylor.
Advanced digital technology – app development, advanced computing, and machine learning. Contact Jonathan Doyle.
Clean technology – forestry innovation and bio economy, renewable energy, and electricity infrastructure.
Businesses may be eligible for the SMARTS program if they:
Are small- to medium-sized (have less than 500 employees)
Are eager to bring innovative products or services to market
Are located in Canada
The SMARTS program is supported by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP.). Funding is available to cover research costs associated with approved small projects (with a maximum total project value of $5,000). The company is expected to provide a cash contribution totalling 25% of the total project budget.
For projects of values greater than the SMARTS program maximum, the ENGAGE Grant program may provide another opportunity that suits your research needs.
If you have a research need or project idea that could help your business, please contact Holly Steenvoorden.
Selkirk College knows that research and development partnerships that involve marketable products or services require strict confidentiality. Businesses can rest assured that Selkirk College maintains confidentiality protocols to protect the interests of both the business and the institution. Selkirk College also understands the need to complete work in ‘business time’ and will work with companies to move the idea to action efficiently and effectively.
The SMARTS program builds on the Adopting Digital Technologies program, a success story featured by the National Research Council, which provided businesses with direct support, technical training, and advisory services aimed at increasing productivity through the use of digital technologies.