Canada joined the Eurostars-2 programme as a partner country in March 2016, and the results of cut-off 6 featured the first projects with Canadian participation. Canadian companies are present in a total of six projects, representing an RDI investment of € 3.3 M. This is an excellent result considering Canada’s recent involvement in Eurostars. Collaborations involve partners from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The projects cover tech areas as diverse as pharma, medical devices, hydrogen production, liquid fossil fuel, magnetic and superconductory technology and wind energy. Canadian partners bring in their expertise in energy storage, fuel cell systems, maritime hydraulics, geoscience, mobile health and pharma research.
“We are pleased with the interest Eurostars has generated among Canadian businesses and we are looking forward to seeing the selected projects unfold and witness their impact on the growth of our enterprises,” said Melanie Cullins, Director of International Partnerships and Programs for the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. “Canada’s participation in Eurostars means greater access for Canadian SMEs to the driven and extensive European network of innovative enterprises.”
Reflecting the growing importance of globalisation in RDI, this is a major step towards very fruitful collaborations between European and Canadian businesses.