This presentation will explore the findings of Colleges and Institutes Canada's 2017-18 Applied Research survey, while discussing some of the methodological issues we encountered in designing, implementing and analyzing it.
Over the last seven years, colleges and institutes have greatly expanded both the capacity and the output of applied research in Canada, leveraging their strong business and industry connections to create value in their communities. This growth has generated clear benefits, including thousands of innovative partnerships, new products and services, and unique work-integrated learning experiences for students. The value of this approach to research for diverse partners is evidenced in the fact that total investments in applied research activities have more than doubled, from $140M in 2010-11 to $295M in 2017-18. That said, Applied Research at colleges is still relatively new and while we can see some encouraging trends in the types of investments and the projects being completed, the parameters for measurement continue to evolve.