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2+2: Pilot program announced for collaborative R&D projects in Canada and Germany



Canada and Germany announced the first Call for Proposals for 2+2 research and development projects, focused on the development of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies.

This new pilot program, delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is the result of a recent research agreement between Canada and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

“2+2” refers to the nature of an eligible project consortium, which must include at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and one academic partner on the Canadian side, in addition to at least one academic or research institute partner and one eligible industrial partner on the German side. Additional participants may join the consortia on a self-funded basis.

Applicants are expected to develop innovative market-ready solutions or projects which have strong market potential for Canada and Germany.

Interested in joined R&D Projects with German partners? TraCLight supports research institutions and companies from partner search to project set-up and implementation.

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Deadlines for Canadian Companies and Research Institutions

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: April 16, 2018
  • Notification of successful LOIs and invitation for full national funding proposals: May 14, 2018
  • National funding proposal submission deadline: June 22, 2018
  • Notification of successful 2+2 projects: September 21, 2018
  • Target 2+2 project start date: January 2019

Call for Proposals