Research centres

Our research spans a broad spectrum of activities and enables our partners to accelerate commercial development and advance research that leads to scientific breakthroughs and innovation.

Get an overview of our areas of research and expertise in the NRC brochure.


Services and information

Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre

Expertise and facilities related to semiconducting materials and photonic device design

Aerospace Research Centre

Research in design, manufacturing, performance and maintenance of air and space vehicles

Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre

Research related to the improved sustainability of foods and other bio-product sectors

Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre

R&D and advanced manufacturing skills to aid in the development of lighter, eco-friendly and more economical vehicles

Construction Research Centre

Advanced technology to support building materials and regulations, fire safety, infrastructure and more

Digital Technologies Research Centre

Artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, blockchain, computer vision, cybersecurity, data analytics, language processing

Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre

Opportunities to reduce environmental risks and increase global competitiveness in the energy and mining sectors

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre

Access to world-class observatories and other astronomy and astrophysics infrastructure

Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre

Opportunities to develop and manufacture advanced therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics technologies

Medical Devices Research Centre

Leading-edge scientific infrastructure and expertise in medical diagnostic technology development

Metrology Research Centre

Conducts measurement research and provides metrological services to effectively and efficiently serve the marketplace

Nanotechnology Research Centre

An enabling technology that devises nanoscience platforms applied across scientific fields in several industry sectors

Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre

Opportunities to develop solutions to engineering challenges within harsh/extreme ocean, coastal and river environments

Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre

Facilities and technical support for nanotechnologies, advanced materials, photonics and quantum technologies