The National Research Council of Canada – Challenge Programs (2022)

Description:

Through their 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.

These R&D programs bring together researchers and facilities from across the NRC’s 14 research centres, with academic and industrial partners.

The opportunities for collaboration are in any of the following areas:


  1. Pandemic Response – to address challenges requiring further R&D for solutions to meet COVID-19-related needs;

  2. Materials for Clean Fuels – to develop new materials for clean and sustainable sources of energy;

  3. High-throughput and Secure Networks – to develop high-performance, rapid and secure communication for rural and remote communities;

  4. Artificial Intelligence for Design – to improve the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging.;

  5. Disruptive Technology Solutions for Cell and Gene Therapy – to improve the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging;

  6. 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;

  7. 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.

  8. Arctic and Northern – to address pressing issues impacting the quality of life of northern peoples;

  9. Applied Quantum Computing – to support commercial and government innovations in quantum algorithms and applied quantum computing.

Comments on Funding:

Grant and contribution funding is provided.

Eligibility:

Eligible recipients include:

  • academic institutions;
  • non-profit organizations;
  • small and medium-sized enterprises up to 500 employees;
  • provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies; and
  • Indigenous governments and organizations.

Large companies of more than 500 employees are not eligible to receive grant and contribution funding, but may collaborate as part of the NRC’s programs and initiatives. Grant and contribution funding is available for international collaborators where there is a benefit to Canada.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Check each open challenge for specific documentation.

Other Things to Note:

  1.  For the latest news and information on our Challenge programs, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and search #NRCChallengeAccepted.
  2.  Up to $27 million in grant and contribution funding is available each year for collaborators working with the NRC.

Covid Related Measures:

When COVID-19 disrupted the world in 2020, the National Research Council of Canada pivoted to support the Government of Canada-wide response and to help protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Testimonials:

Artificial intelligence charts new paths toward a COVID‑19 cure

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