Grande Prairie Regional College, a Top 50 Canadian college for applied research, supports the development of applied research and innovation for the College and region through its Department of Research & Innovation (R&I). Providing management and support services for both applied research and innovation (commercialization) for the college and the community, R&I advances innovation through its partnership with regional funding partners in the Peace Country and Yellowhead West by helping innovators, entrepreneurs, and students develop their ideas into new products and services for the marketplace.
The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) was created in 2007and is located at its Centre 2000 office in Grande Prairie, hosts direct client consultation and mentoring services, and moves innovation forward through contribution to blogs, leading workshops, and hosting events. CRI is the portal for innovative individuals or groups connecting with the College's faculty and students for assistance with research and development.
Major applied research initiatives include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funded Pollutants-to-Products initiative and the Carbon Capture Solarium and the National Bee Diagnostic Technology Access Centre, located in Beaverlodge. CRI also provides leadership for the Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network (AROWRN) and supports the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation in Evergreen Park.
Ironstone looks forward to collaborating with CRI in the near future in a multitude of research and product development initiatives with respect to the many by- and co-products of its Clear Hills ore, in addition to collaborating with the Centre on its leading-edge Pollutants-to-Products carbon capture developments.
The Province of Alberta supports CRI through the Technology Futures division of Alberta Innovates that provides innovation and technology commercialization services for entrepreneurs and businesses in Alberta. CRI assesses the innovation and background experiences of its clients to determine which combination of personal skill development, product research or business support is required at the initial stages of commercializing innovative ideas.