NRC COVID-19 response


The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to help Canada and the world in this new reality marked by the significant and rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has the capacity and expertise to help our country in this time of need.

Learn how we are working with our partners as part of the collective effort to help find solutions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

President's message

The NRC has existed for more than a century to bring research and innovative solutions in response to societal and economic challenges. Our early research, influenced by the need to build a new country, two world wars and the Great Depression, focussed on industrial, military, and natural resource development in response to those turbulent times.

Today, we are working hard to protect the health of Canadians and our workforce, and support our clients, collaborators, and innovative Canadian businesses so they, too, can carry on in these difficult times, continue providing essential services to Canadians, contribute to the collective fight against COVID-19, and ensure our country can put its best foot forward when we emerge from this global crisis.

The key to Canada's response, and our strength as a nation, is collaboration and application. Developing therapies, vaccines, and industrial capacity at home requires the efforts of a broad array of experts across government and industry. Working together to achieve shared goals enables us to turn research and ideas into viable solutions to our most pressing problems.

Spotlight on COVID-19 projects and research

Behind the bench: Our COVID-19 researchers

Our world-class researchers are working around the clock to support Canada's response to COVID-19. Learn more about what they are up to.

Rising to the challenge: Promising COVID-19 innovations

Learn more about some of the promising companies and technologies in the fight against COVID-19.
Photo credit: The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

Spotlight: Testing N95 respirators

Learn how our Metrology Research Centre is testing N95 respirator masks for frontline workers.

NRC COVID-19 programs

We are working with our clients and partners to mobilize on a wide range of projects and initiatives in support of Canada's COVID-19 pandemic response.


The Industrial Research Assistance Program-Innovative Solutions Canada COVID-19 Challenge Program

Find out how the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is building on its relationships with thousands of Canada's most innovative small and medium-sized businesses to expedite technology development and quickly bring solutions to the market or for government procurement.


The Pandemic Response Challenge Program

The NRC has a long tradition of collaborating with the public and private sectors, and bringing together experts to work together on solving big challenges. Find out more about our newest challenge program to accelerate research and development in priority areas in the fight against COVID-19.

Increasing biomanufacturing capacity

Learn how we are working to ready our Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre's biomanufacturing facility in Montreal to produce vaccines for clinical trials, and fill and finish individual doses of vaccine as soon as one is available.

NRC COVID-19 community support

Given the NRC's range of expertise and capacity, we have a unique opportunity to support businesses of all sizes, academics, and governments in their efforts against COVID-19. Find out how we can help.

Immediate-term assistance

Learn how we can help if you are working on a COVID-19 project and simply require our advice or expertise.

Near-term assistance

If you are a small or medium-sized business seeking project funding to provide goods or services to healthcare workers and public health officials fighting COVID-19, we can help.

Medium-term assistance

We are building project teams around several COVID-19 challenge areas that will be addressed by long-term collaborative research. Find out how you can participate.

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