Technology Access Centre
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  • Welcome to OCCI
    The Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is the scientifically acclaimed applied research division of Olds College. Olds College actively pursues involvement in applied research.
  • OCCI Programs
    OCCI provides student and new skills training and provide service to companies that seek new value in existing biofuel or waste-to-energy manufacturing sub-segments, such as waste recovery and valorization.
  • Compost
    The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class I composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County.
  • Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    The PTRC is a joint venture of Olds College and the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The ATRF funds and directs the operations of the PTRC.

OCCI's Areas of Focus

Within OCCI, there are four unique research areas that demonstrate excellence, as measured by the connection to student learning, industry partnerships, government investment and the unique facilities and expertise we offer:



Crops and Horticulture


Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production

Who do we work with... 

Small and medium sized companies – that are researching and developing products related to agriculture and the environment.

Other research institutions, colleges and universities – that are involved in complimentary projects where we can share expertise and resources to meet common goals.

Government organizations - that are working to solve problems or address issues related to environmental sustainability.

International partners – Olds College Centre for Innovation actively participates in research activities and student exchanges in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Barbados, and St. Lucia through its collaboration agreements with local universities.


Applied Research at OCCI

Olds College is committed to using innovative partnerships to sustain and enhance the ability of the institution to achieve its established outcomes. OCCI actively pursues involvement in applied research that advances innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta.

Research Publications

Comprehensive Institutional Plans / Business Plans 

Funding Model

Since 1999, applied research activities have expanded significantly at OCCI, through increased support and involvement from Olds College itself, learners, staff, industry partners and funding organizations. In this regard, OCCI has received support from many organizations, including NSERC, CFI, Western Economic Diversification and the Government of Alberta. OCCI provides research services for industry partners on a fee for service basis, and will assist industry in leveraging research funding from alternate sources and funding agencies. Please contact our knowledgeable staff to discover how we can help you reach success.

Project Funding Opportunities

There are many federal and provincial funding programs for applied research activities. Many of the programs require certain levels of partner cash and in-kind contributions. Some of the programs are listed below. It is recommended that industry partners review the program guides and information on the funding programs below.

NSERC - ARD Grants

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Agriculture Innovation Program

NRC Industry Research Assistance Program

Sustainable Technology Development Canada

ISTP Canada - International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Agriculture Funding Consortium