Applied Research & Innovation at GPRC
GPRC Research & Innovation (GPRC R&I) leads the development of applied research and innovation for the College and northwest Alberta. For research and innovation activities ranging from large NSERC and SSHRC funded initiatives to local student-led community participatory projects, GPRC R&I provides project management, grants facilitation, secretariat, and other support services to the College, industrial and community partners across the wider Peace Country and West Yellowhead regions. Closely collaborating with Alberta Innovates and the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN), GPRC R&I supports innovators, entrepreneurs, and students as they develop ideas into new marketable products and services. GPRC R&I is able to connect industry and community initiatives with the diverse experience, skills, and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the College's faculty and students, a powerful regionally-based resource for anyone seeking research and development assistance.
GPRC's Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) was created in 2007 when the College’s Integrated Research Unit merged with the Peace Region Economic Development Alliance’s Innovation Network. The Province of Alberta Technology Commercialization Division of Advanced Education provided funding for a one-stop-shop for small and medium sized enterprises making innovation and technology commercialization services accessible to northwestern Alberta entrepreneurs and businesses. Further support from the Rural Alberta Development Fund (2008 to 2012) enabled the creation of a robust suite of services.