Research and Innovation cooperation between the EU and Canada stands out among other cooperation areas and is an important building block of the overall relations. A science and technology cooperation agreement between the EU and Canada has been in place since 1996, and is not limited in time.
The science and technology cooperation dialogue takes place through the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee. The next joint meeting is planned for 2022.
The overall cooperation with Canada in STI is very positive. In terms of participation in Horizon 2020 (H2020) Canada ranks number 3 (after US and China) among non-Associated non-EU countries. Canadian institutions and researchers participated in H2020 in targeted topics or in a bottom up way in many areas such as health including COVID-19, bioeconomy including food and agriculture, marine and Arctic, transport including aviation, digital including artificial intelligence and quantum, environment, research infrastructures and researchers’ mobility.
The main initiatives include research and innvoation flagships under H2020 and various multilateral initiatives like Mission Innovation, All Atlantic Ocean Initiative, Environmental Observations in the Group on Earth Observation and the International Bioeconomy Forum.