NRC IRAP management and governance

NRC IRAP to be integrated into the new Canada Innovation Corporation (CIC)

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On February 16, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) will be integrated into the new Canada Innovation Corporation (CIC). The CIC will be a new, operationally independent organization solely dedicated to supporting business R&D across all regions and all sectors of the economy.

The transfer of IRAP will happen after an interim period of approximately 24 months, during which IRAP will remain part of the NRC. During this period, every effort will be made to ensure continuity of program delivery for clients and operational stability for staff. Existing funding agreements will continue and new agreements can be signed.

IRAP employees will continue to work directly with clients, under a business-as-usual approach, to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact your IRAP representative directly if you have questions or are seeking more information.

Drawing on expertise from across Canada

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) Advisory Board helps ensure our program continues to offer the support Canadian businesses need to innovate and grow. The board's members, appointed by the Vice-President of NRC IRAP, represent businesses and innovation stakeholders from across Canada. They offer perspectives and advice to guide the program's strategic direction and management.

NRC IRAP Advisory Board members include:

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Call us toll-free at 1-877-994-4727 to learn more about NRC IRAP.

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