Program Highlights 2012–2013

6. SADI Results

SADI's Performance Management Strategy identifies performance indicators for each of the program's three objectives: innovation, competitiveness and collaboration. This section reports on the overall progress of recipients in meeting program objectives. For descriptions at a project level, please see Annex A.

As of the SADI portfolio comprised 29 projects with 24 recipients.

Innovation

By , 24 out of 29 projects resulted in the development of new or improved products, services or processes. In some cases, the entire project was not completed, but an element of it was completed and efforts had begun to commercialize or put into use the new technology. Most projects are in the R&D phase and are making good progress in achieving the activities outlined in their Statement of Work, as contained in the contribution agreement and described in Annex A. The overall program target is to see 90 percent of R&D projects successfully completed over the life of the program.

From program inception to , $568 million of approved funding has been disbursed against eligible claims, leveraging over $1.1 billion from other sources to accelerate innovation in Canada. Over this period, the program has leveraged $1.97 per SADI dollar disbursed.

Competitiveness

By , 17 out of 29 projects resulted in the successful commercialization of new and improved products, services, processes and technologies.

As described in Annex A, companies are progressing well in their early days of exploring new market opportunities. They are beginning to generate economic benefits to recipients and broader economic and social benefits, including increased production efficiency, reduced consumption of fossil fuels and reduced waste. The overall program target is to see 82 percent of R&D projects result in successful commercialization over the life of the program.

Collaboration

When companies undertake collaborative R&D with universities and colleges, the benefits extend beyond the goals of the specific project, resulting in a stronger alignment of research interests, training of the next generation of researchers and engineers, acceleration of innovation, improved access to research infrastructure, and increased student employment. By , 26 projects resulted in collaborations with various universities, colleges and affiliated research institutes. The target over the R&D phase of each project is to have all recipients engage in meaningful collaboration.

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