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About Tech-Access Canada

Created in September 2015 and based in Ottawa, Tech-Access Canada is the formal, national network of Canada’s 30 NSERC-designated Technology Access Centres. Tech-Access Canada’s member-driven mandate is to promote a cohesive identity for TACs that will foster greater external awareness of the centres’ ability to serve industry, while enhancing individual TAC capacity to deliver effective applied research and innovation services for firms

 

About Technology Access Centre Grants

TACs were established through grants awarded under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

To date, the five competitions have established 30 TACs.

The five-year, renewable NSERC TAC grants provide modest annual funding for core operation of the centres. The services offered by TACs are available to industry and other collaborators on a fee-for-service basis.

Connecting companies to Canada’s technology access centres

 

What is a TAC?

 

Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied R&D centres affiliated with Canadian colleges or Cégeps. Demand-driven TACs help Canadian businesses – especially SMEs – advance their products, processes and services by:

  • conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems
  • offering specialized technical services and objective advice
  • providing training related to new types of equipment and processes

 

This specialized capacity is designed to be complementary to other players in the Canadian innovation ecosystem such as start-ups, SMEs, large firms, incubators, accelerators, private research laboratories, university researchers, colleges and institutes, government research laboratories, and international collaborators.

TACs and TRLs (Technology Readiness Levels)

Observe/Report Concep - 7%
Formulate technology concept/application - 17%
Critical function analysis/proof of concept - 27%
Laboratory environment validation - 90%
Simulated environment validation - 80%
Prototype demonstration in a simulated environment - 90%
Operational environment prototype demonstration - 80%
Technology completed; qualified thro' demonstrations - 83%
Operational setting deployment - 0%

Canada’s Innovation Intermediaries

Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly-funded colleges and Cégeps. Each TAC primarily serves a specific geographic area, with a focus on strengthening the industrial sector of significance to that region. These demand-driven centres, from BC to PEI, help Canadian businesses – especially Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – get their products, processes and services market-ready by:

  • conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems
  • offering specialized technical services and objective advice
  • providing training related to new types of equipment and processes

This specialized capacity is designed to be complementary to other players in the Canadian innovation ecosystem such as start-ups, SMEs, large firms, incubators, accelerators, private research laboratories, university researchers, colleges and institutes, government research laboratories, and international collaborators.

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TACs by the numbers (2015-16)

BC to PEI

30 TACs operating from BC to PEI.

Innovation Expertise

149 areas of innovation expertise.

Technical services

109 business and technical services, applied research, training, and technology diffusion offerings

Business Innovation

1,019 business innovation and applied R&D experts.

Research Space

2.4 million square feet of innovation and applied research space.

Facilities

$254 million worth of highly-specialized equipment and facilities.

SMEs

1,967 companies served, 78% of whom were SMEs.

Clients Assisted

295 other clients assisted, such as universities, colleges, and government and private labs.

Technical Service

2,628 specialized technical service engagements provided to clients.

Applied Research

887 applied research projects partnered on – an average of almost 30 projects per TAC.

Improved Products

378 new or improved products, processes, or services moved to market faster.

Training Contracts

292 training contracts undertaken, resulting in over 44,000 person-hours of training received by clients.

Innovation Skills

988 students involved in TAC-delivered services – over 89,000 hours of innovation skills acquisition.

Business Innovation

$12.7 million of business innovation investment from companies served – representing 52% of annual TAC revenues.

Specialized Equipment and Facilities

$254 million worth of highly-specialized equipment and facilities.

Tech-Access Canada facilitates the sharing of best practices between member TACs, works to harmonize service models across regions and promotes the centres’ ability to serve industry to external audiences. With a dedicated secretariat, the Tech-Access Canada network enables the TACs to serve any company, anywhere in Canada, and help them access the expertise, equipment and facilities they need to solve their innovation challenges.

Ken Doyle

Executive Director, Tech-Access Canada
NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI) team has been instrumental in developing our prototypes. Their technology know-how has greatly supported our need for system integration, testing, building, and trouble-shooting of our alpha and beta prototypes. We have also tapped their knowledge of the region’s innovation community to seek out new applications for our particle-monitoring technology. It’s been our pleasure to work with NAIT and CSSI.

Shlomi Schelpak

CFO – Alberta Nano Monitoring Systems, ANMS, partner of the Centre for Sensors and System Integration, NAIT

Our Members

Our 30 member TACs help Canadian businesses – especially SMEs – advance their products, processes and services by :

  • offering specialized technical services and objective advice

During #CollisionConf, consider partnering with Technology Access Centres across Ontario and the rest of Canada! TACs can help get access to funding and have invaluable applied research experience and technology to solve problems and bring products and services to market. pic.twitter.com/zZTBwqrqLI

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Canada’s Innovation Intermediaries

Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly-funded colleges and Cégeps. Each TAC primarily serves a specific geographic area, with a focus on strengthening the industrial sector of significance to that region.

These demand-driven centres, from BC to PEI, help Canadian businesses – especially Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – get their products, processes and services market-ready by conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems…. Read more

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