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Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence
2010 Small and Medium-Size Enterprise Co-operative Funds


In 2007, on behalf of the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program and on the recommendation of the Private Sector Advisory Board (PSAB), the NCE Secretariat applied to, and was granted by, the Treasury Board for $2.8 million in funding to be allocated to the BL-NCE to increase the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in research and commercialization activities. 

The NCE Secretariat put out a call for proposals in 2010, and two of the four existing
BL-NCEs—Consortium Quebecois sur la Decouverte du Medicament (CQDM) and Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN)—submitted a total of seven projects.

The PSAB met in Ottawa on October 6, 2010, to make recommendations to the NCE Steering Committee on the proposals. After a thorough review of the submission material and following extensive deliberations, the PSAB concluded that five of the seven submitted projects met the required threshold of excellence, as evaluated against the following criteria:

  • the extent to which the project will increase both industry capacity for, and receptivity to, research and development (including among SMEs);
  • evidence that the project will lead to commercialization benefits that position Canadian firms in high-value segments of production chains;
  • the extent to which the applicants demonstrate their ability to strengthen domestic collaborations and ensure that benefits spread to a wide array of firms, sectors and regions of the country; and
  • the extent to which the project offers the opportunity to create, grow and retain companies in Canada that are able to capture new markets with new innovations.

The following five projects will be funded a total of over $1.4 million:

  1. Development and multi-parametric phenotyping of an inducible mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (CQDM)
    Funding: $375,500
  2. Identification of hyper secretion-regulating target proteins and biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis in neuro-endocrine tumors (CQDM)
    Funding: $375,800
  3. Landing gear noise diagnostics and prediction model (GARDN)
    Funding: $69,150
  4. Biologic and process technologies for renewable jet fuel (GARDN)
    Funding: $483,900
  5. Developing particulate measuring methods for non-volatile particulate emissions from aircraft (GARDN)
    Funding: $113,600

The next call for proposals, for the remaining funds, is anticipated for July 2011.

Please refer here for more information on the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program.