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Researchers gear up for new automotive research program

Published by Steve Coleman on October 11, 2011

AUTO21 is partnering with the University of Windsor Centre for Career Education to deliver Connect Canada, a new federally-funded internship program for graduate students.

Federal funding is provided by the Industrial Research and Development Internship program. This funding was announced in April 2011. Placements have begun and some University of Windsor students are among the first to participate.

Connect Canada offers graduate students four-to-six month R&D internships with companies across Canada in any sector. Students receive a $10,000 stipend, half from Connect Canada and the rest from the host company.

The objective of the program is to increase R&D capacity amongst Canadian companies while providing graduate students with exposure to real-world R&D in industry.

AUTO21 also provides funding for collaborative research projects through funding through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program. AUTO21 issued a call for proposals in summer 2011 for new projects to begin in April 2012. The program received proposals from 82 teams, including University of Windsor researchers.

AUTO21 currently provides funding to nearly 200 researchers at 46 Canadian universities, including the University of Windsor. The University of Windsor currently hosts three projects, although researchers from several universities contribute to them.

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