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Canada-Japan partnership development program with Japanese multinational enterprises – Fall 2022

From: National Research Council Canada

1. Introduction

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) in partnership with Japan's Keihanna Science City are pleased to invite Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in a collaborative proof of concept (PoC) implementation plan with Japanese corporations such as Shimadzu Corporation, Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd., TOYO Corporation, among others.

Successful applicants that can develop an innovative solution to the challenges below with Japanese partners may be eligible to receive NRC IRAP funding support to execute the project.

2. Application deadlines

3. Sectors of focus





Please consult the KOSAINN+ Challenges Japanese Companies 2022 for more information on the challenges and innovation requested.

4. Canadian eligibility requirements

In order to participate in this initiative, Canadian participants must meet the following requirements:

Preference may be given to SME applicants who:

Note: Canadian SME applicants must be eligible for funding as NRC IRAP clients before they can be considered for funding through this call for proposals. For more information on NRC IRAP eligibility and becoming a client, please contact NRC IRAP at 1-877-994-4727.

5. Funding

Firms with successful partnership development may receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible activity costs up to a maximum total NRC IRAP funding amount of $75,000. All selected projects must start in January 2023.

6. Application process

The application process has 4 phases:

  1. Registration
  2. Expression of interest (EOI)
  3. Collaborative proof of concept (PoC) implementation plan development
  4. NRC IRAP proposal and funding agreement

Step 1: Registration

Each Canadian applicant must register using the Register button at the end of this page. Basic information about the applicant and the organization will be required upon registration.

NRC IRAP will review registrations for this call for proposals and contact applicants if more information is required. Qualifying applicants will proceed to the next phase and be invited to submit an expression of interest form.

Step 2: Expression of interest phase

During this phase, each Canadian applicant seeking funding must submit an expression of interest (EOI) form outlining basic information on the applicant, the proposed solution, and how the solution addresses one of the areas of interest/challenges.

While completing the EOI form, each Canadian applicant is encouraged to contact their NRC IRAP representative to discuss their project idea and receive guidance on preparing their submission.

It is recommended that applicants submit the EOI as early as possible. EOIs will be evaluated by the applicant's NRC IRAP representative, the NRC IRAP International Office and Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR).

Only qualifying applicants will be introduced to Japanese MNEs and invited to submit a collaborative proof of concept implementation plan.

Step 3: Collaborative proof of concept (PoC) implementation plan phase

During this phase, the Canadian applicants and Japanese MNEs will work together to complete and submit the PoC implementation plan.

The Canadian project implementation plan package consists of a joint application form outlining the:

PoC implementation plans will be shared between NRC IRAP and ATR to jointly select the collaborative projects that will be invited to proceed to the funding agreement phase.

Step 4: Funding agreement phase

During this phase, Canadian applicants will work with their NRC IRAP representative to prepare an NRC IRAP funding proposal and contribution agreement.

In addition, the Japanese MNE will provide in-kind resources to the Canadian applicants, such as:

7. Contacts

For more information, contact the NRC IRAP International Office at or Harvey Lam, NRC IRAP Japan National Program Coordinator at

8. Registration

Canadian SME participants must be registered NRC IRAP clients. If not already an NRC IRAP client, Canadian SMEs must contact 1-877-994-4727 to determine if they might be eligible for support through NRC IRAP.

To begin the application process, interested Canadian participants must first register online to receive an Expression of Interest form by clicking the register button.

If there is no register button visible below this line, it means the call for proposals has closed.