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Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) is overseen by a tri-agency NCE Steering Committee and aims to create world-class centres to advance research and facilitate commercialization of technologies, products and services.

These centres operate in the priority areas of the Federal Science & Technology Strategy: health, information and communications technology, environment, and energy and natural resources.

The program funds the CECRs' operating and commercialization costs. Research and infrastructure costs must be covered by other federal programs, or through initiatives such as those run by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the granting agencies.

The first CECR competition in 2007 was worth $165 million.

 If you have any questions about CECR competions, please contact the Institutional Programs team at