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IRAP Presentation, Craig Wardlaw - ONEIA EBOB January 26, 2012

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IRAP Presentation, Craig Wardlaw - ONEIA EBOB January 26, 2012

  1. 1. NRC-IRAP Industrial Research Assistance Program ONEIA Government Programs Breakfast Jan 26 2012 Toronto, Ontario Presented by Craig Wardlaw
  2. 2. IRAP Quick Facts •  Program of the National Research Council, reporting to Industry Canada •  >60 years in business, oldest funding program in the G8 •  Approximately 250 Industrial Technology Advisors serving more than 10,000 companies across Canada •  IRAP assists SMEs who are developing innovative products by providing advice and possibly funding •  The interaction between company and IRAP Advisor is based on a trusting relationship •  IRAP can provide financial support for projects related to R&D, business improvement, technology adoption/ adaptation and the hiring of recent graduates 2
  3. 3. What does IRAP do? Supporting innovative Canadian SMEs grow stronger, grow faster, grow bigger, through technology Ø  Customized technical and business advisory services to firms to support and enhance their innovative R&D projects in S&T. Ø  Networking opportunities and linkages to many other organizations to meet firms developmental needs. Ø  Competitive Technical Intelligence (CTI). Ø  Financial assistance specifically towards specialized labour costs and clients typically co- invest at least 25% of the total project costs. 3
  4. 4. What sort of financial support do we give? Ø  Non-repayable contributions to firms for R&D projects Ø  Small projects for business improvement or R&D (up to $50k contribution) Ø  Contributions to organizations (innovation collaborators) Ø  Youth Employment Program (YEP) Ø  Support technical labour and sub- contracted labour only 4
  5. 5. Basic Eligibility Criteria Ø  Incorporated in Canada Ø  500 employees or less Ø  At least one full time salaried employee Ø  Innovating to create new products that have a significant potential market Ø  Funding decisions are based on the business case for the product and company and the anticipated overall benefits to Canada 5
  6. 6. IRAP supports all sectors of the economy Total Expenditures by Industry Sector in 2010-2011 ($ in Ms) $90 $80 $70 $60 $50 $40 $30 $20 $10 $- 6
  7. 7. Where are our clients? 3037 IRAP worked with 8,578 SMEs* in 2009-2010, of which 1936 2,871 received some form of funding 1201 954 −  84% < less than 50 employees 377 352 222 352 188 74 −  65% < fewer than 20 employees BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL * Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – Firms with up to 500 employees
  8. 8. Cleantech Ø  IRAP supports all sectors but WIND targets key sectors by focusing BROWNFIELDS staff in these areas and forming WATER “Sector Teams” SOLAR Grid Integration Ø  Work with organizations such as AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ONEIA to support the sector ENERGY EFFICIENCY GHGs Ø  Support as many firms and organizations as possible in this HAZARDOUS WASTE sector BIOFUELS WASTEWATER LANDFILLS MONITORING AND ANALYSIS 8
  9. 9. NEW! Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) •  Is a component of the Government of Canada’s overall Digital Economy Strategy Ø  to accelerate digital technology adoption and investment in Canada, which lags the U.S. and many other developed countries in this regard Ø  to consequently boost productivity of SMEs in all business sectors •  An $80 million pilot program that will run until March 31, 2014 •  Is delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and its teams of Industrial Technology Advisors •  Funding to firms and colleges; project funding to help adopt digital technology and/or hire a technology specialist •  Only labour funded – installation, optimization, training, productivity assessment – firm pays capital costs 9
  10. 10. Areas of Technology Included in DTAPP Design, Engineering and Virtual Manufacturing •  CAD, virtual manufacturing, simulation technologies, etc. Business Systems •  Electronic work order management, warehouse management systems, computerized maintenance management systems, etc. Plant Systems •  Robotics and automation, automated inspection, test & repair, human/machine interfaces, etc. Information and Communications Technologies •  Inter-company networks, wireless communications for production, document imaging and management, etc. Other Digital Technologies
  11. 11. Case Study #1: Soil Test Cell – Automated Test Cell •  20 employees •  Digital technology: process automation for measurement (pressure, temperature, relative humidity & soil variables) •  Impact on productivity: Ø  Decrease in number of test reruns (increasing capacity of existing equipment) Ø  Decrease in person hours/test (enabling the addition of new equipment and expanding testing capacity)
  12. 12. One  IRAP  Success  Story   “That  was  the  breakthrough   that  got  me  the  Sutherland-­‐ Schultz  contract  because  we   Sales to Ernie Davidson, were  probably  the  only   Sutherland-Schultz an IRAP ITA, urged were so strong that company  in  town  that  even   Mike Lazaridis to RIM’s annual knew  what  surface  mount   revenue went over apply for IRAP funding to technology  was.”   the $1M mark in investigate Surface 1990 for the first Mount Technology. Mike Lazaridis time in the Founder and co-CEO company’s history. Research In Motion (RIM) Source: Blackberry: The Inside Story of Research in Motion, Rod McQueen, Key Porter Books, ©2010, pp 55-57.
  13. 13. Contact us Craig Wardlaw (Oakville) 905-849-3796 Toll-free number: 1-877-994-4727 Web http://irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca