OTTAWA—A new online directory, launched today by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), will help companies identify, locate and connect with research expertise and cutting-edge facilities at universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country.
The CFI Research Facilities Navigator is a search tool geared to businesses looking for research collaborations that will help them innovate.
These collaborations can help the private sector prototype, develop and solidify proof-of-concept for products, or improve their services or processes.
“The Navigator is a repository of some of the country’s most advanced research facilities that want to work with the private sector,” says Dr. Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “It was developed primarily to give companies a leg up by allowing businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily connect with researchers and graduate students who have the ideas and state-of-the-art equipment to solve their research challenges.”
The Navigator is launching with 150 facilities; another 150 have registered to be included. The infrastructure and expertise available in these state-of-the-art labs address virtually every discipline, from biomedicine and health to materials engineering and digital technology.
Users gain information on expertise, research services, specialized equipment and contact information.