Canada-Guangdong province (China) collaborative industrial R&D partnership - request for proposals 2016

The National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and the Guangdong Department of Science and Technology (GDST) are pleased to announce a new Canadian and Chinese collaborative program aiming to promote and fund innovation-driven research and technology development activities.

This request for proposals is open to Canadian small and medium-sized and Chinese enterprises who wish to perform joint R&D leading to technology commercialization.

Sectors of focus

  • Clean technologies
  • Life sciences
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Water technologies


Launch date: June 1, 2016
Deadline to register:  June 30, 2016
Application deadline: July 29, 2016


Funding to foster innovation and technology commercialization will be made available for qualified Canadian and Chinese participants. Canadian companies may be eligible for up to $600,000 per project and Chinese firms for up to RMB 1.0 million. The maximum project duration is 3 years.

Canadian application process

  • Canadian firms are requested to contact their NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) regarding industrial R&D partnering with a company in Guangdong, China. If not already an existing NRC-IRAP client, please contact the NRC-IRAP office in your region.
  • RFP forms, common guidelines and other mandatory documents can be requested from The documents will be sent via email.
  • Canadian firms must register no later than June 30, 2016 by submitting a company profile to their NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisors.
  • The completed joint Canada-China application form must be submitted electronically to the NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisors before the application deadline, July 29, 2016.
  • The application must reflect a combined effort from both the Canadian firm and the Chinese firm.

Canadian eligibility

  • Small and medium-sized incorporated and profit oriented companies registered in Canada with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible.
  • Companies must be ready to collaborate with Chinese partners on an industrial R&D project.
  • Preference will be given to companies that intend to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes.

Canadian funding

Canadian industry may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC-IRAP funding.


NRC's Industrial Technology Advisors and Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioners can help identify a Chinese partner and answer questions about collaboration opportunities.

Chinese application process

The Chinese application process and eligibility criteria are available on the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science & Technology website (in Chinese only).

Overall process

  1. Request for Proposal (RFP) Launch – June 1, 2016
  2. Registration – June 1- 30, 2016
  3. Application review in China and Canada – fall, 2016
    • Project Evaluation Committee review in China
    • NRC-IRAP review in Canada
    • Joint review between China and Canada
  4. Announcement of results and project approval – fall, 2016
    • Final due diligence and approval
    • Project start
  5. Project monitoring and release of funds – winter, 2016
    • Monitoring, reporting, milestone review
    • Release of funds based on results and milestones achieved
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