Mohawk No. 1 in industry research dollars

News Nov 02, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Mohawk College officials are celebrating a couple of first-place finishes.

According to Research Infosource, a Toronto firm that tracks research and development activity at Canada’s colleges, universities, hospitals and corporations, Mohawk was first among large community colleges in 2017 in terms of industry research funding and the percentage of income that came from private sector sources.

Research Infosource reports Mohawk received $2.7 million in private sector research dollars last year and 56 per cent of all the college’s research income came from industry partners.

Overall, Mohawk had $4.9 million (up from $3.1 million in 2016) in combined private sector and government research income last year, good for 16th place among the top 50 colleges.

Lambton College in Sarnia was first at $11.4 million.

Gina Funicelli, dean of applied research at Mohawk, said being the top college for private research dollars reflects a strong commitment from their private sector partners.

“Industry partners invest when they see the value in the partnership,” Funicelli said. “It confirms … the work we do; they see the value in it to the degree where they will invest directly in the work and expertise in our labs.”

While $2.7 million is not a lot of research money compared to what some universities get, Funicelli said, Mohawk expects that kind of funding to grow in the future, adding she expects the 2018 industry research figure to top $3 million.

Mohawk’s partners include ArcelorMittal Dofasco, utility companies and businesses which work in or with the medical industry.

Funicelli said about 800 Mohawk students are enrolled in programs that are directly or indirectly doing industry-funded research.

“We make it easier and less risky for them to come and take a look into our labs and we show them what the potential is,” said Funicelli who noted many of the students doing the research will get hired by the businesses and industries that are funding it.

“Mohawk is going very well,” said Ron Freeman CEO of Research Infosource.

Freeman said he expects the new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at the Fennell campus will drive more industry research dollars to Mohawk in the future.

He’s also taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to future research funding by the Ford government at Queen’s Park.

“We’ll have to see what their first budget has to say,” Freeman said. “I don’t think there will be any direct cutbacks in provincial government research grants, but time will tell.”


Mohawk College No. 1 in industry research dollars

College officials expect more private sector support to come

News Nov 02, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Mohawk College officials are celebrating a couple of first-place finishes.

According to Research Infosource, a Toronto firm that tracks research and development activity at Canada’s colleges, universities, hospitals and corporations, Mohawk was first among large community colleges in 2017 in terms of industry research funding and the percentage of income that came from private sector sources.

Research Infosource reports Mohawk received $2.7 million in private sector research dollars last year and 56 per cent of all the college’s research income came from industry partners.

Overall, Mohawk had $4.9 million (up from $3.1 million in 2016) in combined private sector and government research income last year, good for 16th place among the top 50 colleges.

Lambton College in Sarnia was first at $11.4 million.

Gina Funicelli, dean of applied research at Mohawk, said being the top college for private research dollars reflects a strong commitment from their private sector partners.

“Industry partners invest when they see the value in the partnership,” Funicelli said. “It confirms … the work we do; they see the value in it to the degree where they will invest directly in the work and expertise in our labs.”

While $2.7 million is not a lot of research money compared to what some universities get, Funicelli said, Mohawk expects that kind of funding to grow in the future, adding she expects the 2018 industry research figure to top $3 million.

Mohawk’s partners include ArcelorMittal Dofasco, utility companies and businesses which work in or with the medical industry.

Funicelli said about 800 Mohawk students are enrolled in programs that are directly or indirectly doing industry-funded research.

“We make it easier and less risky for them to come and take a look into our labs and we show them what the potential is,” said Funicelli who noted many of the students doing the research will get hired by the businesses and industries that are funding it.

“Mohawk is going very well,” said Ron Freeman CEO of Research Infosource.

Freeman said he expects the new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at the Fennell campus will drive more industry research dollars to Mohawk in the future.

He’s also taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to future research funding by the Ford government at Queen’s Park.

“We’ll have to see what their first budget has to say,” Freeman said. “I don’t think there will be any direct cutbacks in provincial government research grants, but time will tell.”


Mohawk College No. 1 in industry research dollars

College officials expect more private sector support to come

News Nov 02, 2018 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Mohawk College officials are celebrating a couple of first-place finishes.

According to Research Infosource, a Toronto firm that tracks research and development activity at Canada’s colleges, universities, hospitals and corporations, Mohawk was first among large community colleges in 2017 in terms of industry research funding and the percentage of income that came from private sector sources.

Research Infosource reports Mohawk received $2.7 million in private sector research dollars last year and 56 per cent of all the college’s research income came from industry partners.

Overall, Mohawk had $4.9 million (up from $3.1 million in 2016) in combined private sector and government research income last year, good for 16th place among the top 50 colleges.

Lambton College in Sarnia was first at $11.4 million.

Gina Funicelli, dean of applied research at Mohawk, said being the top college for private research dollars reflects a strong commitment from their private sector partners.

“Industry partners invest when they see the value in the partnership,” Funicelli said. “It confirms … the work we do; they see the value in it to the degree where they will invest directly in the work and expertise in our labs.”

While $2.7 million is not a lot of research money compared to what some universities get, Funicelli said, Mohawk expects that kind of funding to grow in the future, adding she expects the 2018 industry research figure to top $3 million.

Mohawk’s partners include ArcelorMittal Dofasco, utility companies and businesses which work in or with the medical industry.

Funicelli said about 800 Mohawk students are enrolled in programs that are directly or indirectly doing industry-funded research.

“We make it easier and less risky for them to come and take a look into our labs and we show them what the potential is,” said Funicelli who noted many of the students doing the research will get hired by the businesses and industries that are funding it.

“Mohawk is going very well,” said Ron Freeman CEO of Research Infosource.

Freeman said he expects the new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at the Fennell campus will drive more industry research dollars to Mohawk in the future.

He’s also taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to future research funding by the Ford government at Queen’s Park.

“We’ll have to see what their first budget has to say,” Freeman said. “I don’t think there will be any direct cutbacks in provincial government research grants, but time will tell.”