No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The NRC IRAP Financial support for technology innovation provides funding for small or medium‑sized Canadian businesses to support research and development projects.

Through a broad range of international activities, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) also provides direct support to small and medium-sized businesses with international interests. The international programs connect companies with the funding, advisory, export, and innovation services they need to access new markets and global value chains.

Comments on Funding:

This program cost-share only a portion of the cost of the R&D project activities.

When It Ends:



For international projects see the specific project deadline


Applicants must:

  • Be incorporated, profit-oriented small or medium-sized business in Canada,
  • Have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees,
  • Plan to pursue growth and profit by developing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services or processes in Canada.

Applications Steps:

The applicant must:


Call the National Research Council Canada at 1-877-994-4727 and discuss to determine the eligibility,


If eligible, next step is to discuss with one of the industrial technology advisors (topics: business strategy, issues, opportunities for growth, future plans),


Develop a project proposal.

If successful, applicants will receive the financial contribution to share the costs of their R&D project activities, and they will need to submit monthly reimbursement claims to NRC IRAP. Your ITA will support them throughout their project.

Documentation Needed:

To assist NRC in undertaking preliminary due diligence of your firm to be considered for NRC IRAP support, please have available:

  1. 1
    a business plan or pitch deck;
  2. 2
    a copy of your company financials;
  3. 3
    resumes or biographies for each member of the management team and technical team on staff.

Other Things to Note:

See here for international programs' calls for proposals and their deadlines.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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