Atlantic Canada’s universities draw more than $500 million in research funding to the region each year, and they are responsible for approximately 63 percent of all research and development conducted in the region.
The AAU, with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the national granting councils, has created Springboard, which supports the commercialization of university research across Atlantic Canada. It provides resources to Atlantic Canadian universities to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector.
Public investment in research benefits the health, wealth and quality of life of all Atlantic Canadians.
Springboard Atlantic is a network with a mandate to support the commercialization of research in Atlantic Canada. They provide resources to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector. As of April 1, 2008, their members are fourteen of the universities in Atlantic Canada plus the four provincial community colleges.
They work to connect publicly funded research and educational organization members with industry experts through a range of programs and services.
They also connect skilled professionals in academia and industry to create new collaborations and move Canadian expertise and innovations from the labs and minds of researchers to final products in the marketplace.