National Research Council Canada (NRC)

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development. NRC has been active since 1916.

NRC comprises more than 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines and offering a broad array of services. Located in every province of Canada, NRC plays a major role in stimulating community-based innovation. NRC institutes and programs are organized into five key areas:

  1. Life Sciences
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Engineering
  4. Technology and Industry Support
  5. Corporate Management

NRC employs close to 4,280 people across Canada, providing substantial resources to help Canada become one of the world’s top five R&D performers. NRC also benefits from the efforts of guest workers, drawn from Canadian and foreign universities, companies and public and private sector organizations.

As an agency of the Government of Canada, NRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry and is governed by a council of appointees drawn from its client community.

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