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Fuelling Research Efforts in Northern Ontario’s “Ring of Fire”

June 4, 2012

OCE partners with the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund transformative R&D in the mining sector

 

OCE partners with the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund transformative R&D in the mining sector

With the unearthing of a new northern Ontario mining hot spot on the cusp of exploration come a number of challenges for mining companies hoping to take advantage of the opportunities. Previously uncultivated land means logistics to be determined for energy, water, waste and of course, productivity.

Labelled the “ring of fire,” the area near Hudson Bay is rich in copper and zinc and is being touted as one of the most promising mineral development opportunities in Ontario in more than a century. Since the economics of the mining sector are highly dependent on time to market, cost management and environmental responsibility, Ontario Centres of Excellence is partnering with the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund transformative R&D that responds to the sector’s challenges outlined above.

The $2 million joint program will fund research projects in the area of advanced manufacturing that have the potential for immediate upstream or downstream benefit to the mineral industry. Leading to novel, newly adapted or adopted processes, products or services, these projects will be co-funded by OCE, CEMI and NSERC for up to $400,000 each (including a required industry cash and in-kind contribution). Participating companies will get full access to the university researchers and graduates who are selected for funding. The academic IP generated by the projects will also be offered to the companies according to a predetermined research agreement.  The project results will be used to the commercial advantage of these companies and/or their supply chain.

OCE and CEMI will host a one-day invitation-only forum in Toronto on June 28 to learn more about the needs of the mining sector and to network with potential academic and industry project collaborators, identifying projects suitable for further development. Organizers hope to attract transformative thinkers and executives from outside the mining sector who can bring trans-sector solutions to the table. As CEMI and NSERC are both federal organizations, the program is national in scope, open to all Canadian accredited universities and Canadian industry partners.

Following the event, interested applicants will have the opportunity to submit expressions of interest, which will be reviewed, with successful applicants invited to submit full proposals by October 2012. 

For full program details, please visit the program page