NRC-IRAP Canada-UK Advanced Manufacturing Partnering Mission
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NRC-IRAP Canada-UK Advanced Manufacturing Partnering Mission

2018-04-16 to 2018-04-18
When: Monday, April 16, 2018
Where: Canada

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NRC IRAP Canada-UK Advanced Manufacturing Partnering Mission

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) invites eligible Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to submit an expression of interest in building collaborative relationships with UK SMEs to address key problems in Advanced Manufacturing. The partnering mission will take place April 16 and April 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba respectively. The goal is to begin forming strong partnership that can tackle high-value challenges in manufacturing, and submit proposals for support into the September 2018 cut-off for Eureka Eurostars.

Mission objectives

  • Create Canada-UK consortia to address high-value problems based on development of Advanced Manufacturing solutions.
  • Identify broader opportunities for Canada-UK collaboration connecting Advanced Manufacturing capabilities in each country.

Canadian delegate profile

  • Capacity and interest to co-develop industrial R&D projects with UK partners
  • Committed to aggressive growth and global market expansion
  • Sufficient working capital to undertake a multi-year R&D collaboration project and commercialize the results
  • Already commercialized products in domestic or other markets
  • Existing relationship with foreign partners or capacity to develop and maintain partnerships
  • Company is in a market expansion stage and needs R&D to bring product to next level and new markets

Mission description

The mission is focused on establishing industrial R&D collaboration opportunities (specifically technology validation, adaptation and co-development) to address identified problems in advanced manufacturing. The Partnership Development events are co-hosted by NRC IRAP in Canada, and by Innovate-UK and the European Enterprise Network in the UK. They will travel with the delegation of 15-20 eligible UK SMEs to Toronto and Winnipeg to identify and explore manufacturing challenges that could be solved profitably by a Canada-UK team sharing the risks and the rewards of building world class capabilities. NRC IRAP, though this request for expression of interest, will recruit a similar number of Canadian SMEs to participate in each of the two cities.