If your business is involved in research and development, you may want to consider hiring a recent doctoral (PhD) graduate to add highly-qualified personnel to your team.  

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are partnering with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Industrial R&D Fellowships (IRDF) program to assist Newfoundland and Labrador companies in hiring highly-qualified technical personnel required to support R&D activities – a key driver behind innovation and the commercialization of new products, services and processes.

RDC and NSERC will each commit up to $30,000 per year for fellowship awards of up to two years. The qualifying company is responsible for negotiating the salary and benefits package with the IRDF candidate and must provide a minimum of $10,000 (plus benefits) per year towards the fellowship. Supplemental support from ACOA may be considered if total funding from all government sources does not exceed 75 per cent of eligible project costs.

To be nominated for an IRDF fellowship, the candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination. The candidate must have completed a doctoral degree in a discipline of science or engineering within the last five years, or expect to have completed all the requirements for such a degree by the proposed date of appointment. Qualifying companies must be actively engaged in research and development activities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To learn more about RDC’s R&D funding programs, visit www.researchnl.com.