Celebrating 20 years of cooperation under EU-Canada Science and Technology Agreement
Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General at DG RTD and Louis Marcotte, Director General Investment and Innovation for Global Affairs Canada
The 13th Meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 14th June, 2016. The meeting took place in the context of 20 years of cooperation under EU-Canada Science and Technology Agreement and 40 years since the opening of EU diplomatic representation in Ottawa.
A large and high level Canadian delegation was led by Louis Marcotte, Director General, Investment and Innovation and the European Union delegation was chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, Directorate General of Research and Innovation.
Both parties recognized the importance of cooperation in Research and Innovation, the advantages in reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare.
It was agreed to continue and foster cooperation in key areas like Marine and Arctic research, Health Research, Aeronautics and ICT research, Agricultural research and Research Infrastructures. While as new area for cooperation security research has been agreed, Climate Change related research will be further exploited between the services involved.
Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for researchers from Canada and the European Union to cooperate with each other on the basis of trust.
EU and Canada signed an Administrative Arrangement, intending to facilitate cooperation from Canadian participants in Horizon 2020 projects.
An "Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Canada and the European Community" has been in place since 1996, and it is not limited in time. The responsibility for the S&T cooperation dialogue lies with the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC), managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
The main areas of S&T cooperation with Canada are Health, ICT and Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology. The latter has even grown to become a best practice for international cooperation, with the development of a very successful project-twinning mechanism which is spreading to other geographical areas and to other research themes (e.g. energy).
According to a survey of over 5 000 top international scientists (The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012), Canada ranks 4th in the world for the quality of its scientific research. Although it has a population of less than 0.5 % of the world's population, Canada produces 4.1 % of the world's research papers and ranks 6th in the world when it comes to how often Canadian research papers are cited by other scientists.
Canadian participation in Framework Programme projects has gone through an important increase in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - FP7 (2007-2013). Canada ranks eighth among third countries involved in selected FP7 proposals. In the FP7 "Cooperation" Specific Programme, Canadians are the most active in the thematic areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Health, Environment, and Transport. They also have a high success rate in the "People" Specific Programme – the Marie Curie Actions. There are now more Canadian researchers in FP7 projects than in FP4 (1994-98), FP5 (1998-2002) and FP6 (2002-2006) combined.
Under Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for 2014-2020, there are already 41 Canadian participations in 36 signed grant agreements (up to 03/05/2016).
The project builds on two previous ERA-Can projects, promotes cooperation between the European Union and Canada in science, technology and innovation through policy dialogues, research exchanges and information sharing about funding opportunities.
ERA-Can+ is structured in three pillars:
- Enrich the EU-Canada policy dialogue to identify areas of mutual interest, develop implementation plans and analyse Canadian and European policies, programmes and project participation
- Stimulate transatlantic research and innovation cooperation to raise awareness of the opportunities available and provide support to researchers and innovators
- Enhance coordination between programme owners, sector leaders and networks in Europe and Canada, to support the Canadian network of National Contact Points (NCP) and prepare a feasibility study for a joint EU Member State Liaison Office in Ottawa
DG Research and Innovation
Policy Officer - Research and innovation relations with USA and Canada
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 95335
Luigi Scarpa de Masellis (S&T)
150, Metcalfe street - Suite 1900
K2P 1P1 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: (+1) 613 238 6464
Telephone: (+1) 613 238 5191
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Luigi Scarpa de Masellis