Research Program: Phase 2
GRAND's Phase 2 Research Program comprised seven problem areas or
"Challenges" deemed of strategic importance to Canada. Each Challenge
was addressed through a number of projects focused on one or more
specific issues within the overall problem area. Led by academic
experts, each project involved industry partners and other stakeholder
representatives who helped define, execute, and evaluate the research
activities. These Seven Challenges introduced in GRAND's Phase 2 augmented GRAND's original Five Core Capabilities established in PHASE 1.
The transition to Phase 2 projects began in 2014 and continued into 2015.
In Phase 2, GRAND introduced a new kind of collaborative research project called SPARK-GAP.
Involving significant co-investment from industry partners, the scope
and crosscutting nature of these projects was intended to make a
significant impact on the Canadian digital media sector.
PHASE 2: Themes and Projects
Large-scale, high-profile research collaborations tightly coupled with industry partners
SPARK-GAP projects represent the
natural evolution of GRAND networking
activities. These large-scale, high profile
collaborations formalize relationships
between researchers and partners who
have identified a common, challenging,
high-risk, and high-impact research
objective that spans the competencies
of the GRAND network and beyond.