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International Technology Pilot and Demonstration Program — Cleantech

1. Introduction

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) has developed a program to support Canadian small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in international technology piloting and demonstration in the clean technologies sector.

The International Technology Pilot and Demonstration (ITPD) program is designed to help Canadian SMEs validate, adapt and integrate their clean technologies with foreign corporate partners and end-users in international markets, and help SMEs break the barriers of entry, accelerate the commercialization of Canadian clean technologies and improve bankability. Successful applicants that can develop a technology piloting or demonstration project with their foreign partners may be eligible to receive NRC IRAP funding support to execute the project.

This program is divided in 2 streams:

  1. Indo Pacific Stream: South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, South East Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand
  2. Rest of the World Stream: The United States of America, Europe and other potential lucrative markets

2. Application deadlines

3. Sectors of focus

Through this program, projects must focus on any areas of clean technologies with impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction or other environmental impact including:

4. Eligibility requirements

In order to participate in this initiative, applicants must form a collaborative technology piloting or demonstration project that meets the following criteria:

4.1 Consortium

4.2 Project

Please note a few examples of eligible project activities:

4.3 Canadian applicant eligibility requirements:

4.4 Foreign corporate partner eligibility requirements

The foreign corporate partner will participate in this collaborative project on a self-funded basis. The ideal foreign corporate partner must:

5. Funding

Eligible Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the total project costs up to a maximum total funding amount of $300,000 CAD over 6 to 12 months. All selected projects must start after: November 1, 2024.

Through this program, the foreign corporate partner will be participating on a self-funded basis. In addition, they must provide in-kind resources to the Canadian applicants, such as:

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 an NRC IRAP client, please contact NRC IRAP at 1‑877‑994‑4727.

Note: Canadian SME applicants may apply to more than one NRC IRAP call for proposals simultaneously. However, NRC IRAP may limit the number of funded projects per applicant. Canadian SME applicants who are applying to more than one opportunity or who have ongoing NRC IRAP projects should speak to their NRC IRAP representative for more information.

6. Application process

The ITPD Program application process has 3 phases:

  1. Registration
  2. Expression of interest
  3. Full project proposal

Step 1: Registration phase

Interested Canadian applicants 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, Canadian applicants seeking funding must submit an expression of interest (EOI) form outlining basic information on the applicant and the project idea.

While completing the EOI form, Canadian applicants are 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 and the NRC IRAP International Office. Qualifying applicants will be invited to submit the full project proposal.

Step 3: Full project proposal phase

The full proposal form will request additional information about the applicant, organization, technology, markets, international partner and technology pilot or demonstration opportunities of interest etc. In addition to the full project proposal, Canadian applicants must provide a MOU or LoI with the foreign partner as proof of partnership.

The full project proposal will be evaluated by an NRC IRAP evaluation team. Successful and selected Canadian SMEs will work with their NRC IRAP representative to prepare an NRC IRAP funding proposal and contribution agreement.

7. Contacts

For more information, email the NRC IRAP International Office by at or Qing Yu, NRC IRAP Clean Technology 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 register for this opportunity by clicking the Register button.

If there is no register button visible below this line, it means the call for proposals has closed. Please contact the NRC IRAP International Office at for more information.

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