Collaborative R&D supporting Canada's Clusters

- Ottawa, Ontario

The NRC is leading the way in supporting collaborative R&D to address challenges facing Canadians now and into the future. From studying energy requirements needed to operate future zero-emission sea vessels, to research on alternative sources of protein such as peas and lentils, the NRC's Cluster Support programs are working to advance R&D for Canada's 5 growing innovation ecosystems.

The Clusters were launched by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to accelerate the development of highly innovative industries that will energize the economy and position Canadian firms for global leadership in such key areas as advanced manufacturing, digital technology, ocean technology, agri-food, artificial intelligence, infrastructure and transportation.

The NRC's funded collaborative R&D programs are supporting each cluster by helping NRC researchers, businesses and universities work together to strengthen capacity in strategic platform technologies and early-stage research. To date, over $17.4 million in grant and contribution funding (G&C) has been provided to 32 organizations to collaborate on 59 projects in support of program objectives. G&C funding is provided through the NRC's National Program Office to collaborators offering complementary expertise, including academic and other research institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Over the next several weeks, find out more about the projects and the people involved in the NRC's cluster support programs, and how they are supporting innovation in these high-potential areas of growth.

Support for these projects was made possible by significant investments in science and research the Government of Canada made in Budget 2018. The NRC has since been building collaborative R&D initiatives and programs to tackle a range of social and technology challenges facing Canadians.