Applied Research Priorities
Two principles guide applied research and innovation goals at Grande Prairie Regional College:
- to develop and or participate in applied research and innovation activities and programs that are consistent with our institutional strengths and aligned with regional needs; and
- to collaborate within the Alberta research and innovation system.
These principles continue to guide the development of applied research and innovation at GPRC.
In December 2010, GPRC announced its applied research priorities and goals within the Government of Alberta research and innovation system framework.
Research Priorities and Expected Outcomes
Collaborate with the Alberta Research and Innovation system in order to develop a robust pan-Alberta applied research network and system.
The College will continue to allocate resources to GPRC Research & Innovation who will lead collaborative efforts on behalf of the College to facilitate faculty and community initiatives, which will contribute positively and materially to Alberta system wide developments.
Develop applied research programs at GPRC that are consistent with current capacity, current and emerging programs, and which provide opportunity to strengthen student and faculty engagement in applied research (within the context of the Alberta Research and Innovation System Plan, the Advanced Education business plan), including international research excellence, that deliver (or have the potential to deliver) social and economic benefits to the region and beyond.
Programs with current and potential national and international excellence within each of the Alberta government priority areas include:
1. Energy and Environment
• Pollutants to Products (P2P): active since 2010; Principal Investigator, Dr. Weixing Tan
• Low Impact Systems: ongoing developments since 2008; Evergreen Innovation and Learning Society
2. Biological Sciences
• Beekeeping (NBDC-TAC): active since 2013: Applied Scientist & Manager, Dr. Carlos Castillo; Lead Investigator -Virus; Dr. Shauna Henley, Lead Investigator - Queen Bee, Patricia Wolf-Veiga.
• Animal Sciences: under development
3. Health and Nursing
• Mental Health (PACT): active since 2015; Principal Investigator, Dr. Connie Korpan
• Nursing Education and Health Studies: numerous ongoing; numerous faculty members
• Neuroscience: active since 2007; Principal Investigator, Dr. Ali AL-Asadi
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