NRC is rebuilding itself to help grow Canadian industries and increase our strength in global value chains, all with the end goal in mind: high-quality jobs, increased business R&D activity, greater commercialization outcomes, and a prosperous and more productive Canada.
What we do
Strategic R&D - These typically longer-term contracts mobilize our world-leading experts, unique facilities and equipment to help our clients tackle challenges and problems through targeted research and technology development.
-- We are working with partners to increase the profitability of wheat varieties in changing climate, enabling Canada to capture a greater percentage of the world market.-- We made history in 2012 when we completed the world's first test-flight powered by 100 per cent unblended renewable biofuel.
Technical Services - Services like testing, certification, calibration, prototyping, demonstration and scale-up help our clients solve their immediate technical problems.
-- Our hydraulically tilted table is helping to make our highways safer by giving clients tools to measure the roll stability and roll characteristics of large, heavy vehicles.
Management of National S&T Infrastructure - We ensure that Canada's large, unique engineering and scientific facilities are kept at world standards, helping Canadian and international clients make the most of specialized scientific infrastructure.
-- We open the doors for Canadian researchers to access some of the world's most powerful telescopes.
The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) - NRC-IRAP provides Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the advisory services and financial support they need to grow and succeed. This program is also an important client portal into NRC's full suite of programs and services.
-- NRC-IRAP provides customized solutions to some 10,000 SMEs annually.
-- Understands drivers for industry change;-- Quickly assembles cross-functional teams in response to urgent industry challenges;-- Coordinates R&D with long-range business plans;-- Develops clear, measurable project goals;-- Plans and executes with end-user needs in mind;-- Measures its success based on the success of its clients (sales, jobs, productivity);-- Hires and maintains the best people and expertise; and-- Connects Canadian businesses with international networks and markets.
Our Distinct Role
We have carved out a unique niche in Canada's innovation system as the country's national research and technology organization. Our goal is to promote greater private sector R&D, helping Canada develop into one of the world's best and most highly performing 21st century economies.
NRC's full suite of expertise, services and facilities can be seamlessly accessed via our 12 industry-themed entry points:
-- Aerospace-- Aquatic and Crop Resource Development-- Automotive and Surface Transportation-- Construction-- Energy Mining and Environment-- Human Health Therapeutics-- Information and Communications Technologies-- Measurement Science and Standards-- Medical Devices-- National Science Infrastructure-- Oceans, Coastal and River Engineering-- Security and Disruptive Technologies
Our vision, mission and values
Our vision is to be the most effective research and technology organization in the world, stimulating sustainable domestic prosperity. Our mission is: Working with clients and partners, we provide innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services to develop and deploy solutions to meet Canada's current and future industrial and societal needs.