The National Research Council of Canada and Airbus renew research and technology cooperation agreement

News release

Iain Stewart, President of the NRC and Grazia Vittadini, CTO, Airbus

July 16, 2018 — Farnborough, United Kingdom — National Research Council of Canada and Airbus

Enhancing Airbus’ relationship with the Canadian research landscape.

Including manufacturing technologies, urban air mobility and cabin technologies

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Airbus have renewed their framework agreement on research and technology cooperation. This new five-year agreement builds on a long-standing relationship between the two organisations to cooperate on research and technology development which spans more than 30 years. The NRC-Airbus agreement will cover a wide range of technical subjects and technologies.


“This renewed framework agreement further strengthens the NRC’s long-standing strategic research and technology development relationship with a world-leading aerospace and defence company. With expertise across a wide range of disciplines, the NRC is well-positioned to partner with Airbus on the transformative technologies like advanced manufacturing and autonomous mobility that will reshape the aerospace industry over the next several years.”

Iain Stewart,

President, National Research Council of Canada

“We are extremely pleased to continue our fruitful cooperation with the NRC. This is a logical step after the first agreement we signed 10 years ago to work jointly on research and technology. Renewing this agreement strengthens Airbus’ already prominent relationship with the Canadian industry and is all the more fitting with the recent decision to set up a dedicated Airbus commercial aircraft presence in Mirabel for the A220 airliner programme.”

Grazia Vittadini,

Chief Technology Officer, Airbus

Quick facts

  • Founded in 1916, the NRC is a national network of laboratories dedicated to research and development in areas ranging from aerospace, digital technologies, advanced materials, and other science and technology areas.

  • The NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides funding and support to 7,000 technology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) each year, including SMEs in the aerospace sector.

  • Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. The company has been present in Canada for over 33 years and employs 2,000 Canadians.

  • Recently, Airbus identified Canada as its “fifth country” for research and technology developments in the areas of drones and urban mobility.


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