Find out what the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation can do for you
The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) is the focal point for research, development and innovation at Georgian College.
Here at CARI, we connect industry and community partners with faculty and student researchers to help clear business and/or technology hurdles and better understand their target markets.
We do this through product design, prototyping, market research, analysis, testing and developing e-business solutions.
CARI helps business and industry bring ideas to life by connecting you with faculty, student and staff researchers that have the expertise, skills, and knowledge required to address your research and development needs. We work closely with you to define the project, determine resources required to be successful, and identify/apply for funding opportunities.
Applied research allows faculty to bring their expertise to industry, and to bring industry experiences to their students. Research projects provide faculty with excellent opportunities for professional development, networking, and academic engagement.
Applied research projects provide you with opportunities to put your education to work! Student researchers work with industry and community partners on real world experiences, ranging from product design and testing, to business support, to market research, and more.
CARI helps business and industry bring ideas to life by connecting you with faculty, student and staff researchers that have the expertise, skills, and knowledge required to address your research and development needs.
Let us help with your research and development needs
We can help your business or industry bring ideas to life by connecting you with faculty, student and staff researchers who have the expertise, skills and knowledge required to address your research and development needs.
We’ll work closely with you to define the project, determine the resources required to be successful, and identify/apply for funding opportunities.
The Georgian advantage
Our faculty researchers are experts in their fields. They bring with them a wealth of industry experience and academic knowledge.
Our programs are tailored to meet industry needs and are constantly evolving to incorporate the latest thinking and technologies. Our students are taught the critical thinking, problem solving and practical application skills required for impactful results.
And our state-of-the art facilities, labs and equipment are available to help industry partners better serve current and/or prospective markets.
See our Research FAQs page for answers to some of the questions you might have.
Step 1: Fill out project request form
Step 2: Work with CARI to define project
Step 3: Start research project
Step 4: Achieve outcomes of project
How we can help faculty
Applied research allows you to bring your expertise to industry, and to bring industry experiences to your students.
As a faculty researcher, you will supervise and mentor students to ensure high quality results that meet the needs of industry partners. Research projects provide faculty with excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and academic engagement.
At CARI, we work closely with our faculty researchers to define the project, determine resources required to be successful, and identify/apply for funding opportunities.
Step 1: Identify research opportunity
Step 2: Work with CARI to define project
Step 3: Assist with project proposals
Step 4: Conduct research project
“CARI has allowed me to provide my skills and experiences to help the student researchers expand their skill sets, while also guiding them through dealing with all aspects of a project from kick-off meetings to project completions and product launches. My involvement in guiding the next generation of individuals in my profession to get the running-start they need to stay in front of competition, while also allowing me to impart as much of my experience as possible to help mitigate some of the more common mistake and side-steps that are often experienced by new professionals, has provided me with great satisfaction.”
– Jeff Jones, Professor, Computer Studies, Barrie Campus
“Having been involved in research activities at Georgian College for almost 10 years, I have seen the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation evolve from an idea to a full-service support centre. From my perspective, CARI is now well equipped to assist staff and faculty engaged in research and scholarly activities, and to connect industry and entrepreneurs with college resources for mutual benefit. As a faculty member in the Engineering department, I have benefited from CARI’s assistance in arranging meetings and events, proposal writing, grant applications, hiring of student researchers, legal issues and general project management. I have found the CARI staff to be very approachable and helpful in all activities related to my research. I look forward to continued support from CARI and encourage others to seek the great advice and assistance that the staff at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation can provide.”
– Ron Sky, Professor, Engineering Technology, Barrie Campus
Put your education to work
Applied research projects provide you with opportunities to put your education to work! Student researchers work with industry and community partners on real-world projects, ranging from product design and testing, to business support, to market research and more. Working under the mentorship of an experienced faculty member, you will have the opportunity to drive development and innovation.
Students from any program can get involved through applied research projects, co-op placements and internships. Many applied research projects are recognized as “capstone” projects. This type of work experience provides a meaningful way for you to connect with potential employers.
To get involved, drop by the CARI office, give us a call, or follow the steps below:
Step 2: Interview for student researcher position
Step 3: Conduct your research project
“My experiences with the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation have been nothing short of amazing. I was privileged to be able to complete all three of my co-ops with CARI, and I feel as though I have grown so much as an individual as well as professionally during my time with the department. The range of work that was involved and the people I worked with made it so that every day was a new and exciting experience. I would recommend that any student who is given the opportunity to be a part of CARI, take it, you won’t regret it.”
– Cody deVries, student researcher
“Working at the Centre for Applied Research Innovation has been one of the best parts of my college career. I have been able to increase my skill set by working directly with local industry and the faculty lead. As a result, it has helped me to build confidence in my own work.”
– Robert Adlam, student researcher
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Georgian College, Barrie Campus
Entrepreneurship Learning Channel: Disruptive Innovation
New technologies are continuously changing how we work, live and play. New business models are emerging as established ones are being disrupted. Many of these innovations are fundamentally changing businesses, schools and communities, and are coming at an ever increasing pace. This inspirational workshop will touch on many of the key change drivers, and highlight how creative thinking is helping organizations harness disruptive innovations with the goal of growing their businesses or addressing difficult “grand challenges” within communities.
Date: Series starts Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Barrie Campus or Livestream session
Environmental Technology Tech Report Poster Session
Students had the opportunity to share their research findings at the Environmental Technology Tech Report Poster Session.
Posters were set up conference style. There were a great range of research topics this semester. Here are some of the highlights:
- Alkalinity in snow pack and impacts on Lake Simcoe
- Invasive mussel impacts on Lake Simcoe
- Effects of road salt on steel water mains
- Assessment of peak discharge of stormwater and Lake Ontario nutrient loading
- Distribution of microplastics along shorelines in Barrie and Keswick
- Assessment of bee health in Simcoe County
Georgian Research Analyst Students win top honours at national conference
Students from Georgian’s Research Analyst graduate certificate program recently received top honours in competitions held by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), a Canadian not-for-profit association representing all aspects of the market intelligence and survey research industry.
At the MRIA’s national conference in Montreal this June:
- Khyati Parmar was announced as the winner of the Jack F. Graydon award (of $1,000) for the best essay on marketing research by a student enrolled in one of the MRIA’s accredited programs (including Georgian, Algonquin College, Humber College and University of Georgia)
- The team of Khyati Parmar, Biya Sha, and Kimi Arora also were awarded second place in a student case competition involving 39 students from nine colleges and universities across Canada (winning $2,000); honourable mentions also went to the team of Lucas Beal, Nikita Satoskar, and Amanda Allnut, who did a great job representing the program at this event as well
Please join us in congratulating our students on their achievements! The Research Analyst program is one of Canada’s longest-running programs, dedicated to preparing students for careers in applied research. It has a great reputation among employers and more than 600 alumni working in all parts of the research industry from business to government and the non-profit sectors.
College and Ford celebrate charging stations and renewal of electric vehicle leases
Representatives from Ford Motor Company of Canada and Barrie Ford gathered at the Barrie campus June 29 to celebrate collaboration with the college and the two-year lease renewal of two electric vehicles (EVs).
Project partners visited the campus to see the work students have been doing that will further develop technology and innovation in this field. Click here to read the full story.
Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day
Georgian’s inaugural Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day offered great networking opportunities for students, staff and Georgian partners who want to showcase their scholarly activities and share their research projects, papers, posters and innovations with a broader audience.
Click here to read the full story on this year’s event.
“Applied research” is a term used when existing technologies, processes and/or knowledge are used to create practical solutions to real-world problems. Projects can be at any stage of the research and development continuum, from early concept development through to final testing and validation. CARI works with industry and community partners to better understand the problem that they are trying to solve, to define the scope of the work required to provide a solution, and to conduct the project.
CARI works with industry and community partners to better understand the problem they are trying to solve, define the scope of the work required to provide a solution, and conduct the project. CARI also works closely with Georgian’s academic areas to ensure projects have the right expertise, including faculty and student researchers. Additionally, CARI helps partners identify options for external funding and to prepare funding proposals.
There are multiple funding opportunities available for applied research projects, depending on the industry, topic, size of industry/community partner, location of the business/community partner, etc. Contact us to discuss funding opportunities in more detail.
Some research activities require ethics approval, particularly when participants are recruited from Georgian College and the University Partnership Centre at Georgian College. The college’s Research Ethics Board (REB) is responsible for reviewing proposals and granting ethics approval.
Learn more about the Research Ethics Board at Georgian.
In general, it takes three to eight weeks to fully develop a project and a proposal for funding. Projects can start once the funding agency approves the proposal.
In any applied research collaboration, our industry partner retains IP rights, unless another arrangement is agreed upon in advance.
The cost depends on resources required to conduct the applied research project. This includes student and faculty researcher time, as well as equipment and other relevant resources. Each project is unique and the cost of a project is determined on a case-by-case basis. Contact us if you are interested in pursuing an applied research project, we would be very happy to discuss with you in more detail.