Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators

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Canadian government funding program designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators. Businesses that are developing and implementing process improvements are the primary targets to receive research funding contributions through IRAP, however, large-scale technology adoption projects that lead to new capabilities are also considered.

Meet the Funders - IRAP

Linda Meret of the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) talks to the students of Entrepreneurship 101 about their funding services customized to the specific needs of companies all across Canada.

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Funding Details

Amount of Funding

Contributions of up to 60-80% of internal technical labour and subcontractor expenses towards a specified innovation project.

Eligible Applicants

Incorporated, profit-oriented small or medium-sized business with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and plan to pursue growth and profit by developing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

Eligible Activities

Development of innovative products, processes, and services. Projects must focus on solving an internal technical challenge by adopting/developing technology & processing enhancements.

Program Deadline

Open intake. Projects to be carried out between April 1 and March 31 of every year. Single year projects must either fall between that timeline. Potential for 12+ months for larger projects.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.