We are happy to announce that the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has opened an office in Peterborough.
“Conveniently co-located with the Innovation Cluster and our business incubator, known as The Cube, in the DNA Building at Trent University, the IRAP office is particularly well situated to serve Peterborough’s next generation of knowledge economy innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups,” says our President & CEO, Martin Yuill.
IRAP representative, Doug Armstrong, P.Eng. told us that he is excited to be headquartered “in the heart of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Peterborough region”.
Doug has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector in industries ranging from automotive, industrial packaging, nuclear to food manufacturing. This includes expertise in manufacturing processes, lean and quality.
Yuill says that the services available through the Innovation Cluster’s The Cube incubator “are designed to be responsive to the changing needs of today’s fast-growing, knowledge-intensive, technology-led companies, and to contribute to the growth of a competitive regional knowledge economy and to the wealth and prosperity of our community”. He says that The Cube also offers virtual support to affiliated technology businesses across our region.
Yuill says that The Cube is Peterborough’s only business incubator that offers full residential facilities and customised value-adding business support services exclusively to early-stage and start-up technology companies. “That is exactly why synergies exist with our colleagues at IRAP”.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization. Working with clients and partners, NRC provides innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services.
The mandate of the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is to “stimulate wealth creation in Canada through technological innovation”.
As such, IRAP provides technical and business advisory services related to research and development, including strategic intelligence and customized solutions to fit business needs.
IRAP helps businesses fill the gap by providing linkages to other small- and medium-sized enterprise-focused organizations, potential partners and investors.
- perform research and development,
- commercialize new products, processes and services, and
- access new domestic and international markets.
IRAP is committed to improving the long-term competitiveness of firms in Canada and helping to build a competitive advantage for Canada based on excellence in science and technology.
The Concierge Service provides a single access point where small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can find high-quality, timely advice to help them innovate and accelerate their growth.
Our technical services help small and medium enterprises overcome workforce constraints and limited resources, accelerating design cycles and helping to identify product performance limits. We have experienced professionals on-site to help our clients solve immediate technical problems associated with the transfer, adoption and diffusion of technology. Our specialized services range from testing and certifications to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting.
Information searches – We are able to provide high level scientific / technical information, patent information and business information – statistics, market information, trends, etc. through an NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Information Service Request.
The BIAP provides funding to SMEs to help them access business services or technical assistance at Canada’s learning institutions and publicly-funded research organizations to bring bigger and better innovations to market faster.
The YEP is commitment to assisting employers in hiring young Canadian recent post-secondary graduates (aged 15 to 30 & graduated in the past year) to find meaningful employment in industry. This Program provides financial assistance to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to hire post-secondary science, engineering, technology, business and liberal arts graduates with the purpose of bringing new knowledge and skill sets into the organizations.. Graduates work on innovative projects within the small and medium-sized enterprise environment and may participate in research, development and commercialization of technologies. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.
IRAP Financial Assistance is a very popular program with the requests for funding significantly exceeding the limited available resources. IRAP never funds 100% of a project, so we always look at the firm and the project from a financial, business and technical perspective. We need to see that you have the capability to execute the project and fund your portion of the costs and that the project will have a positive impact on your business.
For more information, please contact your local IRAP representative: Doug Armstrong, Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP): Tel: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7391. Fax: (705) 748-1092. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca