CARIC to Promote Canada-EU Research Collaboration Projects

Canadian aeronautics R&D firms will soon be able to partner with European Union counterparts on projects of mutual interest and benefit under the newly created Canadian Aerospace Research and Innovation Consortium (CARIC).

Managed by CARIC, a Canada-EU coordinated call for projects in aeronautics will be launched later in 2014. This call is a direct result of the excellent work done by the Canadian Networking Aeronautics Project for Europe (CANNAPE) partners in Canada and Europe over the last four years.

“The coordinated call for projects fosters greater collaboration between Canada and European aerospace research and innovation in a way that will benefit all of our industries,” said Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC. “In particular, we are very pleased that the Canadian industry will be able to participate in the Horizon 2020 initiative. This initiative offers significant opportunities for new research partnerships and technology development, both of which are key contributors to our ongoing competitiveness.”

Core Canadian CANNAPE partners include the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), the National Research Council of Canada, Industry Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, CRIAQ, the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development (DFATD) and the Green Aviation and Research Development Network (GARDN). These partners have worked collaboratively alongside key Canadian industry stakeholders and the academic community over the past four years to build the dialogue and mechanism possible for the Canada – EU Coordinated Call to proceed.

“So far, CANNAPE has acted as a catalyst on common collaboration areas between Canada and Europe, looking to identify obstacles while enhancing research, technology and innovation development. To have a coordinated call for projects with Europe can only help to strengthen the aeronautics sector in Canada,” stated Jerzy Komorowski, General Manager, Aerospace at the National Research Council of Canada.

In the coming months, prioritized areas of cooperation between Canada and the EU will be announced, as well as the process for application and funding. The call for proposal will be published towards the end of 2014 under the EU Horizon 2020 program and the selection process will take place in early 2015.

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