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:
- 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.
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.
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