Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program
The Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program (BL-NCE) funds large-scale collaborative research networks that bring a wide range of research expertise to bear on specific challenges identified by an industrial sector. Led by a not-for-profit consortium of industrial partners, networks enhance private sector innovation by blending academic expertise with the private sector’s drive to respond to real-world challenges. BL-NCEs increase private sector investments in Canadian research, support training of skilled researchers, and accelerate the transfer of ideas from the laboratory into solutions needed by the private sector.
- The BL-NCE program was created in 2007 to help address major private-sector R&D and commercialization challenges by drawing on universities, research organizations and the private sector.
- The program’s partnership model places academic and private-sector partners on an equal level.
- Matching requirements mean that at least half of each network’s research costs are paid by partners.
- Unique among granting agency programs, the BL-NCE program allows networks to fund private sector partners directly so they can conduct research at their own facilities.
- The program was made permanent in the 2012 federal budget, with annual funding of $12 million.