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Applied Research at Holland College

Holland College’s Office of Applied Research supports economic prosperity in Prince Edward Island by actively seeking collaborations for Holland College programs with industry and community groups. Applied research projects are effective ways to solve practical problems; create new products, processes and services; and conduct social research.  There are opportunities for applied research projects in Holland College programs in the areas of applied sciences, engineering technology, information technology, food product development, industrial trades and technology, public safety, visual arts, health and social sciences, or even performing arts.

Staff and Faculty

When staff and faculty participate in research projects, they strengthen their ties to industry and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in their field of expertise. The benefits of participating in applied research include professional development and enhanced teaching skills, and some staff and faculty have developed new college programming as a result of participation in an applied research project. The Office of Applied Research supports faculty research ethics applications and partnering agreements and helps navigate various funding opportunities.;


Students participating in curriculum, capstone or externally funded industry research gain invaluable hands-on experience, develop critical thinking skills, and, through working with industry partners, can find meaningful employment. The Office of Applied Research supports students in every program at Holland College to develop their own research ideas, and provides links to external organizations to help advance ideas into businesses.


Partnerships between Holland College and industry lead to exciting research collaborations. Holland College provides faculty and staff expertise, equipment and laboratories, and the creativity of students to industry to answer specific research questions or to find innovative solutions to technical challenges.

Expertise in feasibility studies, technical consultation and prototype development is readily available at Holland College The college is also eligible for a range of federal and provincial funding programs to support and de-risk R&D. All IP developed as part of applied research partnerships is fully transferred back to the industry partner.

If you have an applied research project that you would like to discuss, contact us.

Canada's Smartest Kitchen The food product research and development arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada.
Bioscience Technology Industry Lab

A dedicated industry space available for lease or to facilitate research projects.

Wallace McCain Early Childhood Lab This fully integrated early years center provides a true demonstration model for best practice in an exemplary setting.
Canadian Center for Public Safety Excellence A one of a kind training center that combines skill-based competencies, sound curriculum and state-of-the-art infrastructure.


Applied Research Links and Resources