NRC-IRAP Announces New $20M Pilot Program: Business Innovation Access Program

bigstock-Business-Man-With-Concepts-Rep-46203517The Minister of State (Science & Technology), Greg Rickford, and the President of the National Research Council (NRC) were in Brampton, ON to announce a new 2-year pilot funding program called Business Innovation Access Program.

Canadian Government Grants to Support Innovative SMEs

Business Innovation Access Program (IRAP- BIAP) is a new Canadian government grants program that leverages the networks and knowledge of the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) to help connect small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) with universities, colleges and other research institutions in order to overcome obstacles to realizing commercialization of new products and services.

Government Grants Canada: Eligible Activities

Included within the set of activities eligible for Canadian government funding are external business services:

  • Planning and Marketing
  • Technical Services
  • Specialized Testing
  • Product Prototyping, and;
  • Process Development

Business Innovation Access Program the Latest among Programs Aimed to Promote Innovation

The Minister of State, Greg Rickford is confident that this new program will make an impact.

“Our government is positioning small and medium-sized businesses to compete and win in global markets. The Business Innovation Access Program will provide SMEs with the opportunity to acquire business or technical services from universities, colleges or other research institutions…”

-Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford 


Contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert to Learn More

If your business is an established firm that has been incorporated for more than 2 years and are eligible for SR&ED tax credits  learn more about the IRAP and Business Innovation Access Program application process by contacting Mentor Works.

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