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The National Research Council of Canada 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.

The NRC-IRAP helps innovative SMEs Canadian businesses grow through innovation.

Delivered by a network of over 240 Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) located in more than 100 communities across Canada, NRC-IRAP supports the needs of SMEs engaged in innovative, technology-driven activities.

NRC-IRAP provides funding and a suite of advisory services to SMEs. These services are adapted to each client’s specific situation and provide a customized response to their innovation needs.

Because of NRC-IRAP’s comprehensive support, its clients are better equipped to perform R&D, and commercialize new products and services on the global markets.