EU-Canada Grant Funding

ERA-Can+ promotes cooperation between the European Union and Canada in science, technology and innovation with a broad range of activities.

These activities include…

  • Publishing guides to support applicants on Horizon 2020 and Canadian programmes
  • Preparing reports on Canada-EU STI policies and programmes
  • Monitoring of joint projects
  • Providing active support on both sides of the Atlantic through training/info sessions, an online helpdesk, webinars on special issues, roundtables on societal challenges, an up-to-date online event calendar, …

European Research Council

Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake will be carried out in an EU Member State (EU) or Associated Country (AC).

Research projects funded by the ERC can last up to five years and can cover frontier research in any scientific domain, including social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. The grants may help both emerging research leaders (‘ERC Starting Grants’ and ‘ERC Consolidator Grants’) and already well-established and recognised scientists (‘ERC Advanced Grants’).

Applications can be submitted when an ERC call for proposals is opened. For successful applicants an agreement is then signed between the ERC and the institution that will host your research project (“Host Institution”) in an EU Member State or an Associated Country.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.
Horizon 2020 Calls relevant for Canada – Find calls in Horizon 2020 with explicit relevance for Canada!

Horizon 2020 is open to participation from around the world, meaning that (except where specifically prohibited) European researchers can cooperate with their counterparts in third countries on any topic of their choice. This, however, does not imply that entities from third countries are automatically eligible for funding through the European Union budget. To verify if an entity from a particular third country is eligible for funding under Horizon 2020, please see the Annex on General Conditions of the Horizon 2020 work programme and the relevant guidelines. Further information on the status of entities from potential Associated Countries during the first year of implementation of Horizon 2020 can be found here.

Within Horizon 2020, certain topics have been flagged as being particularly suitable for international cooperation.  Consortia working on these topics are encouraged to include third country partners (in many cases particular countries or regions are targeted) in their consortia. The list of topics flagged as especially suitable for international cooperation can be found here:  Topics page for international cooperation.

Official Information Document by the European Commission on funding of applicants from non-EU countries & international organisations in Horizon 2020 (PDF)


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