Program details


CRIAQ’s partnership with NRC-IRAP aims to help aerospace SMEs meet the operational, commercial, financial and competitive technological challenges that they face nationally and globally. It is part of a desire to maximize the impact of support programs for aerospace SMEs, which play an important role in this industry, creating jobs and wealth for Canada.

General objectives of the program

Provide flexible coaching services tailored to each Canadian SME in the industry to help them develop a more robust R&D and innovation strategy in connection with a business strategy to help them seize market opportunities.

Specific objectives

  • Identify new business opportunities that can generate revenues, consolidate competitive advantages and enhance the company’s achievements over one-, three- and five-year horizons, according to an action and funding plan
  • Drive innovations in products, services, processes and methods in connection with updated business models;
  • Allow SMEs to benefit from the CRIAQ network
  • Implement an innovation strategy based on research partnerships and increased linkages with NRC-IRAP’s Industrial Technology Advisors
  • Encourage the development of skills and organizational capabilities in innovation management

Three-phase methodology

  1. Introduction to the program and overview of funding options (including those offered by NRC-IRAP)
  2. Strategic thinking about technology and business opportunities
  3. Development of a short- and medium-term action and funding plan