Applied Research

Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Through our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, investors and business have the opportunity to be at the forefront of research and innovation that leads to economic diversification, enhanced environmental performance and social well-being within the province of Alberta. Innovations include a new approach to plant breeding to improve barley yields and Integrated Manure Utilization System (MUS) with Highmark Renewables.

Funding exists through post-secondary investment programs that offer a broad range of support to researchers at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to the world’s top researchers.

Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA)

PFRA, operated through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with a field office in Vegreville, provides technical assistance and program support to producers in Ag-land and Agro forestry, Ag-Water, and Ag-information.

Lakeland Agriculture Research Association (LARA)

LARA is an applied agricultural research association that serves the MD of Bonnyville, County of St. Paul, Smoky Lake County and Lac La Biche County. We are a member of the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). Our goal is to conduct applied research, demonstrations and extension programs that provide valuable unbiased information to local producers.

Portage College

Portage College secured designation by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to conduct applied scientific research focused on environmental, scientific and engineering-based studies.

The College boasts three Centres of applied research including a Water Treatment Centre, a potable water and wastewater simulation lab used to train operators; a Pipeline Training Centre featuring a 132-acre controlled release training (CRT) site that includes a mock camp for students, a fully operational control centre and an educational closed-loop pipeline; and a Food Sciences Centre that provides comprehensive food services training for students and creates food innovation opportunities for entrepreneurs and new start-ups.

For more information on Portage College, click on their Fact Sheet off our Interactive Region Map.

Lakeland College

Lakeland College is committed to pursuing applied research and innovation opportunities that enhance both teaching and learning, and support regional economic development. The College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation encompasses the Renewable Energy Learning Centre, Bio-Energy Centre, standard and novel crop trials, environmental monitoring and wetlands research, animal feeding trials, and other research – the Centre offers realistic applied research results of interest to regional entrepreneurs.

The College provides access to research tools and information to help regional investors make informed business decisions and connect them with the support they need to be successful. The College is also in the process of creating a “Maker Space” within the Centre, allowing entrepreneurs and innovators to use our tools and expertise to rapidly prototype new products and devices for their businesses.

For more information on Lakeland College and their applied research projects, visit or click on their Fact Sheet off our Interactive Region Map.