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Fundamental to the college’s vision of leading and transforming education in Alberta, our centre is a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability and social development in the region.

Our integrated strategy brings together community organizations, researchers and students to collaborate on projects that use new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges with immediate practical applications. Project outcomes often lead to innovative products and services that benefit our economy and society.


Our Annual Applied Research Report for 2017-18

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It has been an exciting an productive year for researchers, staff, and students. We have seen the launch of our new entrepreneurship and innovation program, called AgENT; received our first Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council institutional grant; expanded CARI by building our research support team; started new Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-funded projects; and introduced our strategic research plan to the college community.

In addition to showcasing the college's established research research programs and providing a quantitative overview of our achievements this past year, this publication also highlights the people behind applied research at Lethbridge College and the problems they are working to solve.


Our 2018-2021 Applied Research Strategic Plan

Applied research activity is strongly encouraged and supported at Lethbridge College as a means to enhance professional development, share knowledge and strengthen our academic capabilities regionally, nationally and internationally.

CARI enables and supports the growth of applied research by working directly with academic centres. In addition to management of an internal innovation fund that serves to build capacity in applied research, we also pursue resource acquisitions, funding opportunities and industry engagement to ensure sustainability.

Our strategic collaborations with Campus Alberta institutions, the Alberta Innovates (RINSA) network and other organizations maximize the benefits of applied research relationships and their outcomes. These collaborative partnerships also enhance learning oCARI.pngpportunities and serve as a catalyst for knowledge transfer within and beyond our college community.

The goal our 2018-2021 Applied Research Strategic Plan is to:

  • Provide opportunities for students and employees to engage in applied research that will support the academic vision, contribute to the local community and industry, while enhancing student experiential learning.
  • Establish a culture that embraces multifaceted activities involving the creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge, research skill development and faculty capacity building.
  • Leverage internal resources and strengths as well as external partnerships to provide exemplary learning experiences to students and address real-world challenges leading to innovative solutions that benefit industry and community partners.

Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA)

As a partner of RINSA, we’ve focused our efforts in supporting entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors in southern Alberta, including food and fibre, environment, and health. We assist SMEs with successfully navigating the commercialization system through specialized programs and services. We also encourage and search for opportunities for collaboration with other regional innovation networks and companies.

Learn more about RINSA or find a program that can help you bring new products or processes to the market.