The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier research and technology organization. Working with clients and partners, NRC provides innovation support (including through funding), strategic research, scientific and technical services.
The NRC has 14 integrated and consolidated research centres focused on key industry sectors which operate under four umbrella R&D divisions (Transportation and Manufacturing, Engineering, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies). These research centres represent areas of strategic importance and economic value for Canada. Areas of R&D are:
- Aquatic and crop resource development
- Automotive and surface transportation
- Energy, mining and environment
- Human health therapeutics
- Information and communications technologies
- Measurement science and standards
- Medical devices
- National science infrastructure (NRC Herzberg, Programs in Astronomy and Astrophysics)
- Ocean, coastal and river engineering
- Security and disruptive technologies
NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada, reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It is governed by a council of appointees drawn from its client community.