Canada–Japan Corporate Co-innovation Program


In order to participate in this initiative, applicants must form a proof of concept collaborative research and development (R&D) project that meets the following criteria:

4.1 Consortium

  • The project consortium must include at least:
    • 1 eligible Canadian SME*, and
    • 1 Japanese corporate partner
  • The parties listed above must be unrelated parties (i.e. no direct, indirect, beneficial or constructive ownership interest between these parties)
  • The project partners that form the consortium must agree on a plan addressing intellectual property (IP) rights and intent to commercialize

*In addition to Canadian SMEs, other Canadian organizations (research institutes, universities, large enterprises and other companies) may participate on a self‑funded basis or as subcontractors.

How to Apply: 

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) has identified Japan as a priority market to assist Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in co-innovation partnerships to access Japanese global value chains. In Japan, much of the innovation activity and budget resides with its world-class large corporations. As a result, NRC IRAP has developed a program to support Canadian SMEs to engage in a collaborative research and development (R&D) project with Japanese multinational corporations.

This program is designed to help Canadian SMEs adapt, validate and integrate their technologies with Japanese corporate partners. Successful applicants that can develop a co-innovative proof of concept project with Japanese partners may be eligible to receive NRC IRAP funding support to execute the project.

For more information, please contact Jill Sherman at .

External Deadline: 
Thursday, June 1, 2023
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