Program details


  • Ramp up international research collaborations between universities and industry.
  • Increase the visibility of Quebec-based researchers and their institutions, both nationwide and internationally.
  • Foster the development of researchers, through R&D projects, to gain an advantage in future niches for Quebec.

The mandatory research in these projects is carried out primarily at universities, colleges and research centres. The typical duration of projects in the Exploring Technology program is three years, and these projects focus on technology at an initial technology readiness level (TRL) of anywhere from 1 to 4. The international Exploring Technology program is also a great vehicle for training graduate students in connection with concrete aerospace applications alongside international partners.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Existence of a potential value-added application in aerospace (collaboration with other sectors in possible)
  • Minimum partnership:
    • 1 industrial partner and 1 academic partner (university, college or research centre) in Quebec and
    • 1 industrial partner and 1 academic partner (university, college or research centre) in the country or countries of collaboration
  • Initial technology readiness level (TRL): 2-3

Artificial Intelligence component:

In order to propel Quebec companies towards the adoption of new, more efficient, more current and more competitive production methods, the Quebec government also funds projects in artificial intelligence (AI). Collaborative projects that aim to explore the potential of emerging technologies related to the use of AI are invited to let us know.

Details of project funding

  • The maximum aid from the Ministry per authorized project can be up to $500,000 per year, not to exceed $1,500,000 per project.
  • CRIAQ’s maximum contribution: 50% of the project’s value in cash
  • Maximum public funding: 80% of the project’s value in cash
    Minimum contribution from industrial partners: 20% of the project’s value in cash
  • Additional funding through other programs, where applicable (e.g., NSERC).
  • The recipients of the funding are universities, colleges and research centres.


Project submission and approval process

CRIAQ’s team supports project teams in the process of putting together their research proposals. It is crucial to include a CRIAQ project manager in discussions as early as possible in order to ensure projects eligibility for funding programs. CRIAQ’s team will also be able to advise project leaders on the project’s funding structure. In most cases, projects submitted for this program involve an application for funding from NSERC. In such cases, the full NSERC application is accepted as a research proposal, with the addition of a few other documents, including the following:

  • GANTT chart for the project
  • Plan for maturing the developed technology
  • Project summary in French.
  • International collaboration plan

Depending on the ministry’s rules, other documents may be required at the time of submission.

The project approval process is as follows:

  • Evaluation and recommendation by CRIAQ’s Scientific Committee
  • Approval by the Board of Directors (if required)
  • Submission to the MEI for final approval
  • Approval by other programs may be required, where applicable