NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

Funding Type:

Non-repayable grant with two streams:

  • Small Technology Innovation Projects or the Accelerated Review Process (ARP)

    Provides grants up to $50K to help firms fund research and development and/or commercialize technology projects.

  • Mid-sized Technology Innovation Projects

    Provides larger grants up to $250k (depends on the project) that are typically focused on creating original software, developing new products, or engaged in other various internal R&D projects

Eligible Activities & Expenditures:

Focus on solving internal technical challenges, such as process or product/technology improvements. Projects that lead to new products, enhanced productivity, or new competitive advantages.

  • Market Assessment Program

    For a product, process, or technology being developed, to help companies understand the market into which they will be selling their product, how to enter the market and with what features

  • Technology Validation

    To work with an early adopter to measure the value proposition of their product or service and gather the “proof” and/or testimonials needed to help further customer adoption

  • IRAP R&D Technology Development

    feasibility, prototype development.

Salary/wages of up to 80% for employees involved in the project and up to 50% of contractor expenses dedicated to the project.

Who Qualifies?

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented
  • Have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Your objective is to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of new or improved products, services, or processes that are innovative, technology-driven.

Industry Sectors of Interest for IRAP:

  • ICT digital

  • Manufacturing & Materials

  • Agriculture & Food

  • Energy & Resources

  • Construction

  • Health & Life Sciences

  • Other


This program has an open intake, however we recommend starting as early as their fiscal year, April 1, when their funds become available.

IRAP requires a funding proposal before the project starts. EVAMAX advisors work with clients pro-actively for the identification of potential IRAP eligible projects. We also help clients plan for funding strategy for research projects.

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For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at or call 1-877-711-7733.