The Industrial Research Chair (IRC) program is a unique effort by the Government of Canada to encourage collaboration between universities and industry. The main goal of the program is to perform major applied research and produce highly trained graduate students who have established relationships with industrial partners. Every IRC is funded by matched contributions from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and one or more industrial partners.
About 175 scientists participate in the IRC program, including many of Canada’s top researchers. The program is particularly focused on building capacity in areas where university research has been sparse but where industry faces pressing questions that require directed research.
All sponsors commit to an IRC project for a renewable five-year term. Grants range from $80,000 to $500,000 per year.
You can find out more
about the national IRC program and the researchers involved at the Government of Canada’s program page.