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Background

In 2008, the Government of Canada identified forestry research as a priority area to keep the Canadian economy moving forward into the next decade. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSERC, FPInnovations and NRCan was signed to:

  • develop programs that better align academic research in Canada with the forest sector's innovation agenda and priorities;
  • ensure these programs have commercial relevance; and
  • take advantage of opportunities provided by the emerging bioeconomy.

Natural Resources Canada provides funding under the Transformative Technologies Program to FPInnovations to bring together governments, industry and academia to conduct research along the forest "value chain." The objective is to come up with innovative products and to increase investment in a higher-value-added forest sector. The Transformative Technologies Program is administered by FPInnovations, and the research agenda is delivered in collaboration with provinces, universities and forest product manufacturers. Research focuses on the development and adaptation of emerging and breakthrough technologies, such as those related to forest biomass harvesting and conversion, nanotechnology and next-generation forest products.

All three organizations have agreed that the FPInnovations Flagship Innovation Program (under the Transformative Technologies Program) is the best mechanism to ensure that there is increased research collaboration within the forest sector innovation system. The FPInnovations Flagship Innovation Program contains five research themes:

  • Next Generation Building Solutions
  • Next Generation Pulps and Papers
  • Energy and chemicals from Forest Biomass
  • Novel Bioproducts from Forest Biomass
  • Integrated Value Maximization

The three organizations will take advantage of the full suite of mechanisms available under NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs to achieve the goal of commercializing new technologies and increasing the competitiveness of the forest sector.