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NRC IRAP to be integrated into the new Canada Innovation Corporation (CIC)

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On February 16, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) will be integrated into the new Canada Innovation Corporation (CIC). The CIC will be a new, operationally independent organization solely dedicated to supporting business R&D across all regions and all sectors of the economy.

The transfer of IRAP will happen after an interim period of approximately 24 months, during which IRAP will remain part of the NRC. During this period, every effort will be made to ensure continuity of program delivery for clients and operational stability for staff. Existing funding agreements will continue and new agreements can be signed.

IRAP employees will continue to work directly with clients, under a business-as-usual approach, to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact your IRAP representative directly if you have questions or are seeking more information.

Innovation and market expertise at your side

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program's (NRC IRAP) support for your innovation projects goes beyond financial assistance. When you work with us, you also get access to:

  • Industrial technology advisors (ITAs) who offer technical and business advice, referrals, and other services from concept to commercialization.
  • An extensive network of regional, national, and international partners that can provide you with access to customized support (including business and technology advice and competitive intelligence), connect you with local sources of financing, expertise, and more.

Valuable advice to drive your innovation

Gain a trusted advisor for your project by tapping into our team of more than 250 ITAs across Canada. These veteran R&D professionals all have engineering or science backgrounds and extensive management experience in small and medium-sized businesses.

Working out of technology communities, local associations, universities and colleges across Canada, our ITAs give you access to specialized insights and the collective wisdom of the entire ITA community.

They also know how to connect you to additional sources of support for your project, including:

  • technical and business advice
  • literature and patent searches
  • referrals to other programs and services
  • access to expertise
  • linkages to appropriate resources
  • strategic intelligence

Your very own business support network

Our relationships with universities and colleges, provincial and municipal programs, regional development agencies, other government departments, financing groups, service providers, and industry associations give you access to the talent, services, and collaboration opportunities you need to grow your business. Connect with:

  • marketing, financing, legal and other professional advice
  • problem identification and solving support
  • research and development support
  • technology partners
  • business and management skills development resources
  • knowledge-transfer opportunities
  • networking opportunities
  • community-specific opportunities

Contact us

Call us toll-free at 1-877-994-4727 to learn more about NRC IRAP.

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