Industrial Research Assistance Program


National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. 

IRAP helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace through:

Industrial technology advisors coach clients’ projects through all stages of the innovation-commercialization process

IRAP provides financial support to qualified SMEs in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

Through extensive networks, industrial technology advisors are able to connect clients with industry experts and potential business partners.

IRAP delivers its Youth programs under the Youth Employment Strategy and provides SMEs with financial assistance to hire young talent.

Last updated: April 10, 2017