European Union Platform
Collaboration with the European Union
Welcome to the new platform for collaboration with the European Union (EU). This information platform was created to facilitate cooperation in science and technology between Canadian and European researchers. You will find a vast array of information, resources and contacts to facilitate your dealings with Europe. Enjoy your visit!
Canada-European Union Relations
For over 30 years, Canada and the European Union have worked together to promote cooperation and to maintain common ground between nations on both sides of the Atlantic. The European Union remains Canada's second-largest trade and investment partner, as well as a friend and natural ally to Canada on many sectorial issues.
An agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and Canada, which offers Canadians and Europeans the opportunity to work together to tackle the challenges of the new knowledge-based bio-economy, has been in place since February 17, 1996.
Seventh Framework Programme
For the past 20 years, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development has been an important EU funding instrument. The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will cover a period of 6 years (2007-2013).
FP7 consists of four major components: "Ideas" (research "at the frontiers of knowledge"); "People" (reinforcement of human potential in research and technology); "Capacities" (research infrastructures for SMEs); and "Cooperation" (collaborative research, including international research).
Sections of Interest for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
FP7 consists of 9 themes:
- Food, Agriculture, Fishery and Biotechnology
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies
- Environment (including Climate Change)
- Transportation (including Aeronautics)
- Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities and
- Security and Space
Food, Agriculture, Fishery and Biotechnology
There are three priorities under this theme:
- Sustainable production and management (land, forests and aquatic environment)
- Farm to plate (food, health and well-being)
- Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non-food products and processes
Mrs. Maive Rute, MBA
Director, Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food
Mr. Antonio Di Giulio
Head of Unit - Horizontal Aspects and Coordination, Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food
Mr. Alfredo Aguilar Romanillos, Ph.D
Head of Unit, Biotechnologies
National Contact Points (NCPs)
The NCPs were created to coordinate international information on FP7.
Role and objectives
The NCPs are facilitators for organizations that want to boost their Canada-EU collaboration. They can obtain information, advices and contacts to help you in your initiatives with Europe. They can also serve as an intermediary between you and the EU.
The International Scientific Cooperation Bureau (ISCB) has been a NCP for the Research Directorate-General of the EU since 2005.
If you are interested in a scientific collaboration with the European Union, we encourage you to contact one of the following people:
Deputy Director Bilateral Relations (Europe and the Americas)
International Scientific Cooperation Bureau
3600 Casavant Boulevard West
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, J2S 8E3