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NRC pilot program to help SMEs get product and services to market faster

Published by Frank Defalco on March 18, 2014

OTTAWA - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) applaud the announcement today that the federal government will provide $20 million through the pilot program Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) connect with research institutions. We are pleased that Minister Rickford has taken into account our recommendation for expanded funding mechanisms needed in all regions of Canada.

“CME is a strong backer of the Business Innovation Access Program which will be a major advantage for small and medium-sized companies looking to partner with academic institutions for their applied research needs, from design to prototyping,” said CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. “It will help SMEs become technology leaders in their industries, adopt new technologies and bring innovative products and solutions to their customers more rapidly.”

CME has been calling for the modernization and improvement to industrial innovation and commercialization in Canada and this announcement is a big step towards it.

Quick facts:

· The federal government is committing $20 million over two years to the Business Innovation Access Program to support innovative research and development that translates into products that benefit Canadians.

·  BIAP is a national pilot program to be delivered through NRC IRAP. The program will complement NRC’s existing array of innovation support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services.

· With its national network of Industrial Technology Advisors, IRAP provides support to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Canada in the development and commercialization of technologies.

· To access the program, small and medium-sized businesses are invited to contact NRC-IRAP by e-mail at publicinquiries.irap-pari@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca, or by calling 1-877-994-4727.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of goods and services exports.

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