Funded by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), CRIAQ’s Exploring Technology program involves pre-competitive research projects at a technology readiness level (TRL) generally ranging from 2 to 5, geared toward exploring technology and training through research.


R&D projects in the Exploring Technology program explore the potential of emerging technologies to generate new application ideas and/or validate technology components through applied research. These projects are proposed and framed by the industry and then helmed by researchers.

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This program aims to ramp up international research collaborations between universities and industry, increase the visibility of Quebec-based researchers and their institutions both nationwide and internationally, and foster the development of researchers through R&D projects to gain an advantage in future niches for Quebec.

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Innov-R aims to provide substantial financial support to bring forward new collaborative R&D projects that will contribute concretely to long-term GHG emission reductions in Quebec.

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The Government of Québec wants, through artificial intelligence (AI), to propel Québec companies towards the adoption of new, more efficient, current and competitive production methods.

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Financed by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), Maturing Technology program projects are industry-led and focus on technology at an initial technology readiness level (TRL) of at least 4.


The industry-led projects of CRIAQ’s Maturing Technology program aim to validate or demonstrate the potential of emerging technology to solve aerospace sector-specific problems or to demonstrate this technology in an industrial or representative environment.

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To support projects aimed at integrating SMEs into the global innovation network, the Science and Innovation Sector’s Canadian and International Partnerships and Programs Directorate has teamed up with CRIAQ as part of the 2016-2026 Quebec Aerospace Strategy developed by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI).

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The objective is to support technology demonstration projects for SMEs. Consequently, projects submitted under this program must have the following objectives: demonstrating technology in a representative environment, increasing SME leadership on innovation projects, and integrating SMEs into the innovation network. This special five-year program (started in 2017) is part of the Quebec Aerospace Strategy.

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CRIAQ’s Supporting Innovation services are part of a desire to maximize the impact of support programs for aerospace SMEs and start-ups and their integration into the network.


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.

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CRIAQ’s Start-up Grant is targeted for Quebec start-ups active in the aerospace sector. Through a competitive process, CRIAQ will award two $10,000 grants per year in support of the technological development of two start-ups, under the rationale that this funding will help to bring the development of the product or service into alignment with potential users and customers.

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CRIAQ actively participates in the training of students—tomorrow’s highly qualified personnel—by providing financial support for internships and student competitions.


Each year, several teams of students enrolled in Quebec engineering schools participate in various competitions that are generally under the auspices of technical societies. Through a sponsorship program, CRIAQ wants to support students who must develop prototypes to participate in these competitions directly related to the field of aerospace.

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