HAL has been asked by Precarn to provide a recommendation for a new structure to streamline the delivery of the International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP). The ISTPP was announced by the Government of Canada in June 2005, as a program to promote international collaborative research and development activities. The objective of the five-year, $20-million program is to increase the international competitiveness and prosperity of Canada by building stronger science and technology relationships with Israel, India, China and Brazil. In the 2010 Federal Budget, an additional $8 million was allocated to the ISTPP.
HAL has been asked by Precarn to conduct an evaluation of projects under the Precarn-Alberta R&D Funding Program. The Program is in support of the development and implementation of intelligent ICT systems and was developed especially to meet the needs of Alberta businesses in exploiting a commercial opportunity and demonstrating a new economic benefit to Alberta. The Program is jointly sponsored by Precarn with the Advanced Education and Technology (AET) Department of the Government of Alberta and Western Economic Diversification (WD) Canada.
HAL has been asked to conduct a comprehensive review of Precarn’s Phase 4 Research Program. Phase 4 is based on a Funding Agreement between Industry Canada and Precarn that provides a grant of $20 million for a pre-competitive research program in intelligent systems. Within the main program, Precarn supports a number of sub-programs including a National Large and Small Business program, Regional Alliance programs, the Alberta program and the Automotive program.