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To engage with NRC, and to reach one of our industrial technology advisors located in your community, please call our toll-free number at 1-877-994-4727.


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The trusted advisory services and technological expertise provided by our industrial technology advisors are a fundamental component of NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

Our industrial technology advisors (ITAs) assist clients through every aspect of the innovation process, from concept to commercialization, providing technical and business advice, referrals and other innovation services as needed. As clients focus on developing their innovative ideas, our ITAs work to assemble the unique mix of expertise, information and resources needed.

Our ITAs may also establish links with resources who can assist their clients in areas such as:

  • technology and business assistance;
  • literature and patent searches;
  • referrals to other programs and services;
  • expertise searches;
  • linkages and networking to appropriate resources; and
  • strategic intelligence.

Our ITAs have an engineering or science background and extensive industrial experience in management roles within SMEs. They are knowledgeable guides, who work on-site with the client to lead them to acquire the resources best suited to assist.

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