Peterborough, Canada – Fleming College has been awarded nearly $8 million in long-term funding for two new applied research centres in the fields of advanced manufacturing technologies and aquaculture – Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT) and Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP).
The new centres, established in response to the needs of Ontario’s key industries, will each receive $2 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support research activity over the next five years. In addition, each centre will receive approximately $2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Research Fund College-Industry Innovation Fund (ORF-CIIF) to support the creation of the research spaces and fully-equipped laboratories.
“Ranked as one of Canada’s top research colleges, Fleming has repeatedly demonstrated that our researchers, faculty and students can contribute to innovation in our province and beyond,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “Securing the funding from NSERC, CFI and ORF for two new research centres emphasizes the significance and quality of the work we do and what we offer our industry partners and the community.”
CAMIIT at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough is expanding Fleming’s applied research activities in design, development, prototyping, and improvement of products and technologies for use in the advanced manufacturing marketplace. The research at CAMIIT has applications in several industries, including asset management, aerospace, computing, communications, agriculture and mining.
CIAP is advancing innovation in aquaculture through partnerships with members of the industry and supporting sectors, such as fish feed producers and hatchery technology developers. A new custom-designed research facility will be built at the Frost Campus in Lindsay to complement the existing on-campus hatchery. The new CIAP building will provide customizable rearing environments for multiple aquaculture species and projects.
“Both centres will build experience, capacity and expertise in emerging areas of applied research at the College,” said Brett Goodwin, Vice President, Applied Research and Innovation at Fleming. “Our researchers and students work shoulder-to-shoulder with industry partners to bring innovation to small and medium-sized businesses. This funding will ensure that more of our students will have opportunities to engage in high quality research and build vital skills and connections for their future careers.”
Fleming is also home to the Centre for Advancement in Water and Wastewater Technologies – an internationally recognized research centre that has been providing applied research and technology development services since 2005.
About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.
Source: Sir Sandford Fleming College