Applied Research and Innovation Services

6 steps to launching a research project with SAIT

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If your company could benefit from research to improve your product or process, SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) team may be able to help. Here are the six steps you can take to begin your research partnership with SAIT.

  1. Give your idea some thought

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • How can you benefit from research?
  • What’s your timeframe?
  • Who from your company will be dedicated to the project?
  1. Inquire

ARIS’s online project inquiry form will walk you through a series of questions to help you flesh out your idea. Your answers will also help ARIS determine if this is a good fit for the work we do.

  1. Wait— but not for long.

Once ARIS has your completed project inquiry form, we’ll work quickly to assess your project. Generally speaking, if your proposed idea aligns with our expertise, we can help you conduct research about it. And if ARIS  isn’t the right partner for you, we’ll be happy to steer you toward the institution that could help.

  1. Build a plan

When your project has been accepted by ARIS, we’ll sit down with you to scope the work, timelines, and budget. Getting this part right is essential, so the more information you can come to the table with, the better.

  1. Explore funding

Every project will have costs associated with it. If you have sufficient financing to undertake the project and an urgency to launch it, we don’t need to delay while waiting for grant funding applications results —  ARIS is able to map out next steps and commence the project.

If you want ARIS’s help in making your money go farther, we’ll explore available grants. In many cases, we can multiply your investment by securing grant money that matches your cash contribution to the project (such as personnel, equipment or supplies). You provide the detailed information that will help secure available funding and ARIS looks after the work of writing the grant proposals.

  1. Begin the research

With the project approved, scoped and funded, we’ll begin finding solutions to help move your idea further along its development cycle and closer to implementation or to the target market you have chosen.


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