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The consumer's appetite for new and improved offerings is constant. Innovating can help you meet those needs and gain an edge over your competitor's products or services. By investing in research and development, your business could achieve greater profits down the road.

R&D involves finding out what the market wants, then designing, prototyping, testing, and producing the final product or service.

Whether you are on your own or have a dedicated R&D team, there are a number of activities you may need to do if you undertake this kind of project. You may need to:

  • Do your own research or get outside assistance
  • Meet performance or safety standards and regulations for controlled or restricted products
  • Implement new technologies to produce your products or deliver services
  • Protect your ideas

Take advantage of resources that may help you.

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program

    You can get a tax credit, if you spend money on industrial R&D in Canada.

  • SR&ED Self-Assessment and Learning Tool

    Thinking of applying for the SR&ED program? Find out if you are eligible to receive tax incentives and how you can submit your request.

  • Industry Partnership Programs

    Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.

  • Industrial Research Assistance Program

    Your small or medium-sized business may qualify for financial assistance to develop, adopt, adapt and/or commercialize new or improved technologies.

  • NRC research facilities

    Test and improve your innovative products and technologies by reserving time in these research facilities and with field experts.

  • Conducting market research

    Learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions, and how to conduct a market research campaign.

  • Collaborative Research and Development Grants

    You could get a university to help you with your research project in natural sciences or engineering if you contribute half the costs of the project.

  • Concierge service

    Find information and guidance to access programs and other resources to help with your business innovation.

  • InnovationScan — Showcase your company

    Use this platform to showcase your high-tech, innovative business to potential partners from the United States.

  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.

  • R&D Proof of Concept
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Apply for a grant to reduce the technical and financial risk of your innovative, pre-commercial research and development project.

  • R&D Vouchers
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Access funding for technical expertise and facilities that will support your research and development activities within your innovative business.

  • Western Research Parks

    Get help developing and commercializing your innovative product or service by partnering with the University of Western Ontario's Research Parks.


    This R&D network can help you access technology, expertise, and markets in Europe and beyond.