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.
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.
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.
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