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R&D projects in Atlantic Canada receive over $69M in federal funding


Truro, NS – The federal government has awarded over $69 million in funding to research and development projects in Atlantic Canada under ACOA’s Atlantic innovation fund.

The selected projects will be led by partnerships involving the private sector, universities and community colleges. Just over half of the projects approved for funding were generated from private businesses. The projects support developments in a number of emerging sectors throughout Atlantic Canada such as aquaculture, information technology, life sciences and oil and gas/oceans technology.

Projects in New Brunswick include:

– Exigen: Business Domain Ontology Development Framework. Create new development tools for effective IT services. Receives up to $1.9 million.

– HSM Systems: Develop Novel Hydrogen Storage Media / Products. Creating safe, effective, lower-cost methods for storing hydrogen. Receives up to $2.2 million.

– Genome Atlantic: Atlantic Cod Genomics and Broodstock Development Project. Genomics research to develop new breeds of elite cod broodstock for use in aquaculture. Receives up to $3.1 million.

– Mathis Instruments: Pharmaceutical Solutions Using Enhanced and New Sensor Technology. New non-contact testing sensors for testing and monitoring pharmaceuticals. Receives up to $3 million.

– Universit de Moncton: SynergiC3 e-learning productivity enhancement framework. Creation of e-learning solutions to decrease production times and lower costs. Receives up to $2.9 million.

– University of New Brunswick: Advanced Processes for Infrastructure Asset Management System. Developing new software for better infrastructure planning. Receives up to $2.5 million.

– University of New Brunswick: Innovative Mechanical and Chemi-Mechanical Pulping Technologies for Value-Added Pulp and Paper Products. New technologies to produce high-quality papers and reduce costs to produce pulp and paper. Receives up to $1.5 million.

– University of New Brunswick: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture. Improved productivity and increased environmental sustainability for aquaculture sites. Receives up to $2.9 million.

– University of New Brunswick: Innovative Anaerobic Digester System for Waste Treatment and Bioenergy Production. Creation of a new, more efficient process for treating wastewater and generating bio-energy. Receives up to $1 million.

Projects in Newfoundland and Labrador include:

– C-CORE: Risk Mitigation Strategies for Subsea Infrastructure. Protecting subsea infrastructure through better management of ice hazards. Receives up to $3 million.

– Consilient: Development of Advanced Wireless Middleware for Future Mobile Computing. Advances in wireless mobile computing with new software and data management capabilities. Receives up to $3 million.

– Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Earth Sciences: Purpose Built Computers for Seismic Modelling and Inversion. Providing leading-edge imagery from complicated seismic data to help oil and gas companies examine reservoirs and investigate new reserves. Receives up to $3 million.

– Memorial University of Newfoundland: Ocean Network Seafloor Instrumentation. Ocean floor monitoring processes for earthquake and tsunami detection. Receives up to $2.5 million.

– Terra Nova Marine; Yacht Management System. Touch screen technology for integrating electronics and navigation equipment. Receives up to $1.6 million.

Projects announced in Nova Scotia include:

– Amirix Systems: High Date Rate Acoustic Biotelemetry System. Increased capabilities in underwater acoustic communications for better monitoring of fish and marine animals. Receives up to $1.6 million.

– Brain Repair Centre: Research and Commercialization Capacity. Cell restoration strategies for Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. Receives up to $3 million.

– Capital District Health Authority: New Bone Conduction Hearing Technologies. Non-invasive hearing aids have potential for increasing safety in emergency services communication devices. Receives up to $2.6 million.

– ECI Medical Technologies: Aqueous-based Isoprene Styrene Project. High-quality, latex-free medical gloves will benefit health care workers and patients with allergies. Receives up to $1.3.

– Magneto Inductive Systems: Magneto-Inductive Transmedium Modem. Wireless communications able to penetrate buildings, caves and mines, will offer effective alternatives to radio waves. Receives up to $2.8 million.

– Nova Scotia Agricultural College: New Wealth from Atlantic Bioresources. Developing new products for use in food, cosmetic and neutraceuticals. Receives up to $2.9 million.

– Ocean Nutrition: Microbial Production of High Value Omega-3 Oil Concentrates. New technology to produce clean, renewable omega 3 oil concentrates. Receives up to $3 million.

– Performance Genomics: Identification of Genetic Markers and Genes. Developing new DNA tests to determine livestock lifespans. Receives up to $1 million.

– Polysteel Atlantic: project to explore new structural synthetic fibres that could be stronger and longer-lasting than traditional structural steel at a lower cost. Receives up to $2.6 million.

Projects in Prince Edward Island include:

– Chemaphor: Carotenoid Oxidation Compounds: Nutriscience Opportunities. New compounds for skin care and food products. Receives up to $2.1 million.

– Novartis Animal Health: Research and Development of a Koi Herpesvirus Vaccine. Development of immunizations to protect fish from disease. Receives up to $1.8 million.

– PhycoBiologics Canada: Development of Health Products for Humans and Animals. Immunizations to improve productivity in the aquaculture industry. Receives up to $1.5 million.

– University of Prince Edward Island – Atlantic Veterinary College: Atlantic Centre for Bioproducts Valuation (ACBV). Development of new tools for pharmaceutical and molecular research. Receives up to $3 million.

– University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College: Maritime Quality Milk. Better testing to improve productivity and quality of milk products. Receives up to $3 million.