Colleges have very limited access to funds that could support full-time, dedicated researchers. In particular, we do not have access to the CRC program. This exclusion ensures that very few colleges have dedicated, full-time researchers and this makes it very difficult for applied research to become firmly embedded at colleges. We recommend the piloting of a “Canada Research Chairs for Colleges" Program. This would provide a focal point for capacity-building and would represent a key step toward unleashing the innovation potential of Canada’s research intensive colleges.