If you have innovative ideas or plans for technological advances in your Canadian small business, you may qualify for government money and technical assistance.

The National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides technology advice, assistance, and services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to help with building innovation capacity. Small business technological innovation in turn stimulates wealth creation and maintains Canada’s status as a leading technical innovator.

As a small business, you may be eligible for financial support for your research and development project. A portion of employees’ salaries and contractor costs will be covered by the NRC-IRAP government funding program, plus you can take advantage of the free advisory services and networking services so that you can collaborate with top experts outside of your small business.

If your small business can supply the expertise and motivation, then the Government of Canada will help you with the funding and the technological assistance. You can find out how to apply by contacting your local small business assistance office.

With this great opportunity, your small business may lead the way with the next great Canadian innovation!