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Working with NRC

Looking for solutions to solve your complex R&D challenges?

Contact an NRC expert in one of our areas of research.



Working with clients and partners, we provide innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services.  NRC has just what industry needs: infrastructure, personnel, equipment, experience and networking capabilities.

We offer access to leading technology equipment, research and training programs.  We provide industry with a lower-risk way to develop innovative ideas, reduce start-up costs, and shorten time to market.

There are many benefits of working with the NRC. We:

  • Enable companies to innovate by providing knowledge, equipment and easier access to applied research;
  • Provide technical and commercialization services to industry;
  • Undertake the critical R&D that industry requires;
  • Develop the highly skilled workforce that industry needs; and we
  • Bridge the innovation gap between university-based discovery and industrial commercialization.

Programs and collaboration opportunities

NRC encourages and engages in multiple forms of partnerships for a project. Our partnership research projects span a very broad spectrum of activities and business structure models. Access to NRC expertise and equipment provides our partners with the opportunity to accelerate their commercial development timelines, while a focus on industrial applications provides NRC with insights into commercial direction for research and technology development activities.

Technical and advisory services

Our technical services help small and large enterprises overcome workforce constraints and limited resources, accelerating design cycles and helping to identify product performance limits. We have experienced professionals on-site to help our clients solve immediate technical problems associated with the transfer, adoption and diffusion of technology. Our specialized services range from testing and certifications to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting.

Research facilities

NRC offers Canadian businesses access to unique research infrastructure as well as the experts to optimize its use. This includes aerospace engineering and manufacturing, astronomy, high-throughput DNA sequencing, neutron beam facilities, photonics, biotechnology and nanotechnology – to name just a few. Access to these facilities allows innovative businesses to pursue blue sky R&D opportunities here in Canada, while lowering the risks associated with R&D and accelerating product development.

Licensing opportunities

We are looking for Canadian industry partners to fully exploit our commercialization-ready R&D solutions. We transfer knowledge to our industry partners through patented technologies that have high potential commercial value — helping businesses develop cohesive, integrated and market-ready solutions that attract investment and drive revenue.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

IRAP supports the innovation activities — and helps build the innovation capacity — of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients, by providing them with advisory services and financial support. IRAP can play an important role as a client portal to NRC's programs and services.