Breakthroughs take teamwork
When we support new ideas and help researchers, businesses and universities work together, we create conditions for breakthrough technologies that benefit all Canadians.
Through our Challenge programs, the NRC is partnering with private and public sector, academic and other research organizations in Canada and internationally to advance transformative, high-risk, high-reward research that address Canadian priorities.
The Government of Canada has provided $150 million over 5 years, with $30 million per year ongoing to fund NRC researchers and their innovative partners from post-secondary institutions and businesses on multi-party research and development (R&D) programs. An additional $15 million in funding will address R&D needs in the fight against COVID‑19.
The Challenge programs are a component of the new collaborative research and development programs announced in 2019, as part of the Canada Innovation and Skills Plan and commitment to support business innovation.
Mission-oriented programs across industries
These R&D programs bring together researchers and facilities from across the NRC's 14 research centres, with academic and industrial partners.
Up to 7 years in duration
Grant and contribution funding is provided through the NRC's National Program Office for collaborators who offer complementary expertise, including academic institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises.
Programs are developed in consultation with stakeholders and strengthened through peer review.
Collaborate with us
Learn more about opportunities for collaboration in any of the following areas:
To address challenges requiring further R&D for solutions to meet COVID‑19-related needs.
Materials for Clean Fuels
To develop new materials for clean and sustainable sources of energy.
High-throughput and Secure Networks
To develop high-performance, rapid and secure communication for rural and remote communities.
Artificial Intelligence for Design
A foundation of AI tools, technologies and capabilities to support the above mission areas.
Disruptive Technology Solutions for Cell and Gene Therapy
To develop disruptive technology solutions for cell and gene therapies to significantly improve health outcomes.
Aging in Place
To improve the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging.
Internet of Things: Quantum Sensors
To develop revolutionary sensors that could be engineered and commercialized for applications in the environment, natural resources, health care, and defence.
Arctic and Northern
To address pressing issues impacting the quality of life of northern peoples.
Applied Quantum Computing
To support commercial and government innovations in quantum algorithms and applied quantum computing.
Low Carbon Built Environment
To support the development of low-carbon construction tools, products and services.
Construction Sector Digitalization and Productivity
To support further modernization and digitalization of Canadian construction sector practices.
Critical Battery Materials Initiative
To develop AI-enabled platforms that can discover critical battery materials and processes in a third of the time it takes today, contributing to the growth of the Canadian supply chain.