Canada invests in bold new research collaborations and ideas to drive the innovation economy
“Canada’s world-leading NRC scientists, engineers and business experts work closely with thousands of Canadian companies to support their ability to take research ideas to market. Today’s investment leverages the NRC’s research excellence and expands its ability to investigate bold, new breakthroughs to help our promising companies grow and create jobs for Canadians.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Our government has invested more than $10 billion in research and the people who power it. With that historic investment, we recognized that remaking Canada’s science and research culture is a huge and complex undertaking. The National Research Council’s commitment to creating connections between universities, industry, and researchers is helping us to make this shift, while at the same time, it’s creating the skills and training environments for the jobs of the future.”
- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
"As a national research and innovation platform, NRC researchers collaborate with over 1,000 business and government partners annually. Budget 2018 is allowing us to support the Innovation and Skills Plan through funding for more exploratory research important for the future and building collaboration research teams to address government challenges."
- Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council of Canada
This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the Government of Canada’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science, which includes the largest-ever increase in funding for fundamental research.
As part of the government’s priority to make research more inclusive, the NRC is encouraging more diversity in the Canadian innovation ecosystem and in its own workforce, including more women researchers and entrepreneurs.
Budget 2018 also committed $700 million over five years to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support more small- and medium-sized enterprises across the country, including larger research projects up to $10 million.
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
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