Supporting Canada's innovation superclusters

In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada put forward the Innovation and Skills Plan—an agenda to spark growth and help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation. To advance this agenda, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada launched an initiative to accelerate innovation through superclusters.

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is investing up to $950 million to support business-led innovation superclusters that have the greatest potential to energize the economy and become engines of growth.

In 2018, five superclusters were selected to accelerate Canada's global advantage in highly innovative industries: advanced manufacturing, digital technologies, protein industries, ocean, and SCALE.AI.

As Canada's largest research and development organization, the NRC has a century-long track record of bringing its national network of researchers and scientific facilities to bear on our most pressing immediate challenges and longer-term innovation goals.

The NRC will develop programs that build on our organization's scientific expertise to support the superclusters and foster strong collaboration with innovators in both industry and academia. These collaborations with external research organizations, in particular academic researchers and small- and medium-sized enterprises, will be supported through grant and contribution funding.

As the programs and projects in support of superclusters are developed, they will be posted here including opportunities for collaboration.

For more information about the NRC's capabilities or to discuss opportunities for collaboration, contact the identified priority leads:

Supercluster Support Programs

Advanced manufacturing

  • Automation and robotics
  • Machine vision
  • Inspection and sensors
  • Simulations and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced materials manufacturing

Contact: Michael Kilfoil
Program Leader, Advanced Manufacturing Program
Telephone: 613-949-4657

Digital technology

Support in interactive simulation including:

  • virtual and augmented reality
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • healthcare platforms

Contact: Mark Stoochnoff
Business Advisor, Digital Technologies
Telephone: 613-991-0910


  • Metocean prediction and risk characterization
  • Advanced sensor development for harsh environments
  • Micro-organisms and advanced genetic technologies
  • Marine biomass transformation and conversion
  • Macroalgal large-scale technologies
  • Advanced physical/numerical modelling and full-scale testing
  • Ice mechanics
  • State-of-the-art algorithms for industrial and scientific data analytics needs
  • High resolution 3D scanning

Contact: Mark Murphy
Business Advisor, Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Telephone: 709-772-2105

Protein industries

  • Genetics and genomics
  • Pre-breeding crop development and plant technologies
  • Microalgal and macroalgal protein
  • Microbial communities
  • Processing and ingredients
  • Food safety, traceability and sustainability

Contact: Laurel O'Connor
Business Advisor, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Telephone: 306-975-4573

SCALE AI (Supply Chains and Logistics Excellence Artificial Intelligence)

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Cybersecurity

Contact: Mark Stoochnoff
Business Advisor, Digital Technologies
Telephone: 613-991-0910

Contact us

For general information about the Supercluster Support Programs, contact the National Program Office:

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