Policy background

A science and technology cooperation agreement has been in place since 1996, and is not limited in time. The science and technology cooperation dialogue happens through the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee.

Main areas of cooperation

  • health
  • ICT and food
  • agriculture and fisheries
  • biotechnology

Biotechnology has 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 and to other research areas (energy).

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It is open to the world, which means that participants from all over the world can participate in most calls. In many cases, the EU will fund at least partly the participation of the international partners.

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Agreements and arrangements

Projects and results

Research project database

EU-funded research projects involving Canada

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.

Example of research cooperation project with Canada

ERA-CAN+ (2013-2016) the main objective was to foster EU-Canada cooperation in research, innovation and development by improving programme management, facilitating access for researchers and innovators on both sides of the Atlantic and encourage new funding opportunities for joint Canada-EU projects in science, technology and innovation.

More stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving Canada


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

Research enquiry service

You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation




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