Building on Canada's engineering, health, and natural, social and biomedical science successes is more important than ever in today’s global economy. Canada’s economic competitiveness depends not only on developing new discoveries, but also on our ability to transform these discoveries into products, services, and processes that improve the quality of life of Canadians. Fostering partnerships involving the public and private sectors, within Canada and internationally, helps achieve these goals.
With the aim of mobilizing Canada’s best research and development talent to build a more advanced, healthy, competitive, and prosperous Canada, the NCE Secretariat manages four national programs: Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) (includes the NCE Knowledge Mobilization and the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence initiatives); Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR); Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE); and Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI). These programs address the particular needs of each stage along the innovation continuum:
Challenge: Solving critical issues calls for a collaborative approach and a wide range of research expertise
Challenge: Research breakthroughs and innovative ideas need timely support to achieve commercial success
Challenge: Solving issues critical to the needs of the private sector calls for a collaborative, network approach
Please note that no further competitions will be conducted under the Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) program. Consistent with the decision announced in Budget 2015 that Mitacs will be the primary delivery agent for federally supported graduate-level industrial research and development internships, effective April 1, 2016, funding from the IRDI program was transferred to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to support the delivery of internships through the Mitacs Accelerate program, under an existing contribution agreement.