Research Support Fund strengthens SFU's Industry Engagement leadership team
The Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund (RSF) assists Canadian postsecondary institutions with expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies. With this investment in research excellence, institutions are able to ensure that federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available.
In 2017-2018, Simon Fraser University (SFU) received $8.8 million from the RSF program, allowing SFU to maintain an excellent research environment. Six percent of this funding at SFU is allocated towards Intellectual Property, with the objective of mobilizing research for social and economic benefit.
Simon Fraser University’s Industry Engagement (IE), matches industry and community partners with state-of-the-art technologies, innovations, and researchers. The IE leadership team supports industry and community partners who are passionate about tapping into SFU research and innovations. IE offers its partners access to infrastructure, flexible licensing agreements, and entrepreneurial research faculty and staff.
IE also provides services for SFU researchers, some of which include developing a range of outreach services to faculty with the intent of developing greater knowledge about intellectual property, identifying promising technologies, and helping steer researchers towards commercialization possibilities.
The RSF covers the salaries of staff within IE. The IE leadership team has recently completed the full hiring process, and all positions are in place for IE to run at full capacity. With the support of RSF funding, the IE team is set up to succeed in elevating research impact.