Areas of R&D

The NRC can help industry and government tackle strategic national priorities through mission-oriented research and technology development. The NRC's programs focus on issues of strategic importance to Canada and showcase the NRC's unique value proposition to deliver high impacts within a specified timeframe.

These programs are implemented to address the technology needs of existing and emerging sectors and deliver economical and immediately applicable solutions to technical and business challenges affecting the competitiveness of Canadian industry.

Services and information

Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre

Expertise and facilities related to software development, semiconducting materials and photonic device design

Aerospace Research Centre

Research in design, manufacturing, performance and maintenance of air and space vehicles

Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre

Research related to the improved sustainability of foods and other bio-product sectors

Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre

R&D and advanced manufacturing skills to aid in the development of lighter, eco-friendly and more economical vehicles

Construction Research Centre

Advanced technology to support building materials and regulations, fire safety, infrastructure and more

Digital Technologies Research Centre

Artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, blockchain, computer vision, cybersecurity, data analytics, language processing

Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre

Opportunities to reduce environmental risks and increase global competitiveness in the energy and mining sectors

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre

Access to world-class observatories and other astronomy and astrophysics infrastructure

Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre

Opportunities to develop and manufacture advanced therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics technologies

Medical Devices Research Centre

Leading-edge scientific infrastructure and expertise in medical diagnostic technology development

Metrology Research Centre

Conducts measurement research and provide metrological services, to effectively and efficiently serve the marketplace

Nanotechnology Research Centre

An enabling technology that devises nanoscience platforms applied across scientific fields in several industry sectors

Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre

Opportunities to develop solutions to engineering challenges within harsh/extreme ocean, coastal and river environments

Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre

Facilities and technical support for nanotechnologies, advanced materials, photonics and quantum technologies

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