Frequently Asked Questions


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. We work closely with our faculty researchers to define the project, determine resources required and identify/apply for funding opportunities.

What is applied research?

“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.

How does CARI support industry?

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 prepare funding proposals.

What funding opportunities are available?

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.

What is the Research Ethics Board?

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.

How long does it take to get a project started?

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.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) from applied research activities?

In any applied research collaboration, our industry partner retains IP rights, unless another arrangement is agreed upon in advance.

How much does it cost to do an applied research project with CARI?

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.

I am interested in pursuing a project. What is the next step?

We look forward to working with you! The first step in a project is to fill out the project request form. For more information about CARI, give us a call or drop by the office.

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Contact Us

CARI connects industry and community partners with faculty and student researchers to help clear business and/or technology hurdles and better understand their target markets. For general inquiries, please contact us:

Featured Projects

CARI works with industry and community partners on projects at any stage of the research and development continuum, from early concept development through to final testing and validation.

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Ready to begin?

The first step to working with CARI is to fill out a Project Request Form and share the details of your proposed research.

Project Request Form