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The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: the NRCC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada

National Research Council Canada

SMEs (fewer than 500 employees) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRCC IRAP) for their product or solution that meets a need related to COVID-19 can respond to the challenges issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada (HC).

The NRCC IRAP will post details on the Innovative Solutions Canada website in the coming days and weeks.


  • Challenges posted on the Innovative Solutions Canada website;
  • Phase 1 financing agreement (proof of concept for the solution) by the NRCC IRAP;
  • Phase 2 financing agreement (development of functional prototypes of the best concepts) by the NRCC IRAP;
  • Purchase of the product by the NRCC, the PHAC, HC or another federal department or agency.

Some conditions apply.

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