Doing business with CRIM

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Interested in CRIM’s services? We would be pleased to provide you with information on tax incentives and funding programs that could be of real benefit.

Tax incentives and funding programs


Québec companies doing business with CRIM may benefit, under certain conditions, from tax relief resulting in refundable provincial tax credits. Companies pay CRIM all amounts due for services, as agreed in the contract between the company and CRIM. At the end of their tax year, companies then complete and submit the required documents to the government for claiming tax credits to which they are entitled. These credits are used by the company to reduce the provincial tax payable or, as applicable, a refund equal in value to the credits reducing the tax liability will be issued by the government if the company has no tax liability.

1. Credits for university research or research carried out by a public research centre or a research consortium

CRIM has its own staff of researchers and computer scientists who design and develop IT solutions for various clients. For this reason, CRIM is also recognized as an eligible public research centre: this means that its customers can claim the tax credit for university research or research carried out by a public research centre or by a research consortium.

The tax credit for university research and research carried out by a public research centre or a research consortium is aimed at scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) that a taxpayer subcontracts to an eligible public research centre with which it is not linked, such as CRIM.

This refundable tax credit is equal to 28% of 80% of the contract amount with CRIM relating to SR&ED. To obtain this credit, the company must obtain an advance ruling from Revenu Québec by submitting the contract with CRIM within 90 days of signing. More info

DIRECT FINANCIAL AID FOR COMPANIES (discounts, total or partial payment of CRIM’s services by a third party)

Organizations such as the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as CRIM, aim to foster and increase interactions between innovative private companies and public research centres. Various programs run by these organizations either offer significant discounts to companies that have never done business with CRIM before or defray CRIM’s fees for the initial involvement of its experts or for carrying out an initial R&D project.

1. Interactive visits (IRAP-NRC)

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) administered by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) aims to foster the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada. IRAP provides technical and commercial advisory services in the area of R&D, particularly strategic analysis and customized solutions tailored to companies’ needs. IRAP program advisors maintain extensive networks of experts for the purposes of expanding and completing their service offer. By accessing these networks, small and medium-sized enterprises have access to competent individuals and organizations with knowledge of local sources of funding, R&D institutions, technology brokers and technology transfer centres.

CRIM is a member of the IRAP-NRC network. IRAP’s advisors may refer your company to CRIM in order to provide access to the expertise of its IT researchers and experts. CRIM’s services may include, for example, updating and solving problems, supporting R&D, technology partnerships, knowledge transfers and networking activities.

2. NSERC’s Engage Grants

The Engage Grants program (EGP) enables companies operating in Canada to access CRIM’s knowledge and unique expertise. The EGP aims to foster the establishment of new research partnerships between CRIM’s researchers and companies that have never collaborated with CRIM before by supporting short-term R&D projects designed to solve specific problems faced by these companies in the areas of natural sciences or engineering. The EGP supports well-defined research projects carried out jointly by university researchers eligible for NSERC programs and their private-sector partners. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a maximum period of six months will be provided to a CRIM researcher to cover direct costs associated with the research activities needed to resolve a given problem. The NSERC grant is paid to CRIM, which uses it to carry out projects in partnership with the company. Under the EGP, the company only needs to make in-kind contributions, although CRIM strongly recommends putting in place a parallel direct research contract between CRIM and the company in order to access some of CRIM’s expert resources not covered by the EGP.


A number of R&D funding programs seek to foster collaboration between companies and public research centres such as CRIM. Companies that finance R&D projects with CRIM may benefit from significant leverage on their contributions to the project. Indeed, CRIM may obtain a grant in proportion to the company’s contribution (cash or in-kind). This grant covers a portion of the salaries paid to CRIM’s researchers working on the project, as well as certain other related expenditures. In general, the company is required to make a cash or in-kind contribution; the grant is paid to CRIM to carry out the project on the company’s behalf.

1. NSERC programs (federal government)

Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. CRIM’s principal researchers are recognized by the NSERC and are eligible for various NSERC grants. NSERC grants are paid to CRIM, which uses the funds to carry out projects in partnership with the company.

  • Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grants
    CRD grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one to five years in duration, although most awards are for two or three years.
    CRD projects can be at any point in the R&D spectrum that is consistent with CRIM’s research, training and technology transfer mandate. Eligible collaborations include focused projects with specific short to medium-term objectives, as well as discrete phases in a program of longer-range research. All proposals require evidence of detailed planning and sound budget justification, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables.
  • Idea to Innovation grants (I2I)
    The objective of the Idea to Innovation (I2I) grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technologies originating from public research centres such as CRIM and promote their transfer to a new or established Canadian company. The I2I grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential. This is achieved through defined phases by providing crucial assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection.
2. MEI programs and organizations (provincial government)

At the provincial level, industrial R&D projects by public research centres such as CRIM are funded by means of industrial research consortiums that support projects in targetted areas. In general, the funding provided by industrial research consortiums is over and above the federal funding obtained through NSERC.

  • Prompt
    Prompt a non-profit corporation that stimulates industry/university R&D partnerships with a view to increasing the competitiveness of Québec’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
    Prompt’s activities target the entire ICT sector, from hardware to software and from components to networks and applications. Prompt facilitates the creation of new alliances that will improve Québec companies’ R&D capacities while increasing public investments in research and fostering the development of highly skilled personnel by providing funding for R&D projects in the precompetitive phase in which at least one company and two universities or public research centres such as CRIM are participating.
    Prompt facilitates the implementation of joint projects that must be completed within three years following receipt of the funding in order to ensure their industry synergy and relevance.
    The Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale du Québec (CRIAQ) supports collaborative research projects carried out by companies of all sizes in the aerospace sector and involving universities and research centres. The projects are targeted and focused on industry needs. CRIAQ is a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the aerospace industry’s competitiveness and to improve the sector’s collective knowledge base thanks to better student training.


Many funding programs are geared directly towards companies. These programs’ grants or other incentives may enable companies to raise the necessary funds to do business with CRIM.

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