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NBCC Receives NSERC Eligibility

New Brunswick Community College Receives Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Eligibility

FREDERICTON (NBCC) – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has been granted eligibility to administer funds offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

“Obtaining NSERC eligibility is a significant milestone for NBCC,” said Marilyn Luscombe, President and CEO, NBCC. “Through this and other initiatives aimed at building our capacity to undertake applied research, all of our stakeholders – students, staff, industry and educational partners – will benefit.”

Applied research initiatives will benefit the College community in a number of ways, including: enhanced learning experiences for students, professional development and training opportunities for staff, and the opportunity to work more closely with business and industry with respect to innovation, productivity improvement and commercialization. NSERC eligibility allows NBCC to apply for funding under NSERC’s College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program which provides various opportunities for collaboration between colleges, companies and universities, as well as funds to assist in the development or enhancement of applied research efforts and capacity.

“Applied research offers us the opportunity to foster inquisitive minds, critical thinking and new thought processes,” stated Luscombe.  “We believe that the implementation of effective applied research initiatives and best practices will further enhance our ability to support New Brunswick’s research and innovation agenda.”

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging about 2,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.