Archived — SADI Program Highlights 2011–2012

6. SADI Results

SADI's Performance Measurement 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.


By November 2012, 20 out of 25 recipients had successfully completed all or part of their R&D project, resulting 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% of all companies successfully complete their R&D project over the life of their agreements.

In 2011–12, $163.7 million of approved funding was disbursed against eligible claims, leveraging $347.2 million from other sources to accelerate innovation in Canada. A total of $2.12 was leveraged for every SADI dollar in 2011–12. Since 2007, the program has leveraged $2.01 per SADI dollar disbursed.


By November 2012, 14 out of 25 recipients had successfully commercialized the results of their R&D project or put into use the new process innovation supported by SADI. As described in Annex A, companies are progressing well in their early days of exploiting 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% of all recipients successfully commercialize their R&D project over the life of their agreements.


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. Of the 25 R&D projects, 23 recipients have already entered into a wide array of collaborations with various universities, colleges and affiliated research institutes as described in Annex A. The target over the R&D phase of each project is to see all recipients engage in meaningful collaboration.

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