Key Areas of Focus

NBCC offers over 90 programs, in 16 different economic sectors, across its six campuses throughout the province. Although we may engage in research activities in many of these areas, six strategic research themes have been identified based on staff expertise, infrastructure and resources, access to funding opportunities, as well as industry need and support.

Mobile Technology

Research in mobile technology can address how to receive, with limited bandwidth, large amounts of constantly changing data and how to process it rapidly, securely and more effectively by using platforms designed specifically for mobile devices. This research focus area is of natural interest to NBCC as we offer over 15 programs in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) field, many of which include internships and co-op placements where students can potentially work on applied research and innovation projects.


This research theme supports applied research projects that advance knowledge and practice in healthcare. NBCC offers healthcare programs at all six campuses. We are interested in inter-professional and inter-disciplinary opportunities for potential applied research projects with medical, allied health, nursing and other health professionals and students throughout the province. Specific areas of potential applied research include pulmonary rehabilitation, inter-professional practice, long-term care, pharmacy practice and patient education.

Value Added Food

The goal of NBCC's applied research in value added food is to support SMEs in both product development and process improvement as identified by the province’s sector strategy. Through NBCC’s related programs and facilities, we provide opportunities for industry to collaborate with faculty and students on real time solutions to real time problems in food development, production and manufacturing.

Energy Efficiency Technology

NBCC students and staff offer expertise, infrastructure and experience in a variety of energy efficiency technology fields. As nationally accredited programs, NBCC’s engineering technology programs include senior technical reports that provide opportunities to collaborate with industry partners and subsequently offer real time solutions to real time problems. Also, co-operative education work terms provide students with the opportunities to impact real time solutions. NBCC's Energy Systems Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology and Building Engineering Technology programs specifically address issues of energy efficiency; faculty and students in these programs are interested in research and development collaborations with industry that can provide meaningful applied learning experiences.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing involves using innovative technologies to improve manufacturing processes, methods and products. Composites material and additive manufacturing represent growing sectors and, as such, present significant opportunities for New Brunswick companies. There are currently approximately 50 companies in the province who are directly or indirectly involved in composite material manufacturing. There are also several NB companies exploring the potential of 3-D printing. NBCC is able to provide these small businesses with access to engineering research and technical services to help achieve growth in the sector. In cooperation with Composites NB Inc. and the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (MAMCE), NBCC develops expertise and synergies with partners that can help propel New Brunswick into a leadership role in the sector. Through the provision of training, research, development and technical expertise, NBCC can make a significant contribution to helping the industry and these companies achieve success.

Social Innovation

NBCC is interested in creating innovative solutions to pressing social problems and assisting our community and industry partners in developing responsible and sustainable business opportunities. Our goal is to increase our capacity to work with communities and develop partnerships that foster social innovation in areas such as education, integration of vulnerable populations and community development. Research in social innovation may involve faculty, staff and students in any program, but is of particular interest to our social sciences and academic program areas.