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The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is a Canadian government funding program designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators. Businesses who are developing and implementing process improvements are the primary targets to receive research grants through IRAP, however, large-scale technology adoption projects that lead to new capabilities are also considered.
IRAP is administered and managed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). NRC-IRAP grants are funded through the Government of Canada; this means that applicants from across the country can apply to receive funding support. If performing a technology-driven research and development project in Canada, IRAP grants should always be considered during the planning process.
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Under the umbrella of IRAP funding programs available, there are three research grants that are most commonly used by businesses. These include:
IRAP ARP grants focus on solving an internal technical challenge with a focus on adopting technology and processing enhancements. These projects are often focused on early-stage research or development activities, and the exploration of new technology-based market opportunities. Activities include assessment and development of technologies to improve internal processes, feasibility studies and assessments for new services/product ventures, and prototype engineering activities.
Alternately, IRAP Mid-Size Projects must focus on overcoming technical uncertainties and risks through the development and commercialization of innovative products. These are often projects focused on the development of new products that fills a current market void. Activities include process or product development, commercialization, or customization for particular customers.
IRAP YEP funding is uniquely designed to help businesses hire youth researchers and overcome technical challenges. The program seeks to encourage the hiring and training of youth (ages 15-30) who can provide technical abilities not currently accessible to the company. Canadian college and university graduates with a technical/STEM background should be the focus of candidates.
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Innovative Canadian companies continuously access IRAP grants to offset research and development costs. Some successfully funded projects include:
Aside from insight into the specific program streams, above, business innovators may wish to review the following IRAP resources: