Project Partners

The consortium of ACCESS2CANADA consists of 6 partners:

ACCESS2CANADA partners and project officers from the European Commission (EC). From left to right: Nadia Khelef (IP), Ben Kubbinga (APRE), Sabrina Bozzoli (APRE), Garth Williams (PKC);    Diassina Di Maggio (APRE), Almudena Garcia-Perez (EC), Peter Eggleton (Telligence), Frank Deeg (ICA) and Philippe Froissard (EC).

APRE (coordinator)

Agency for the Promotion of European Research (Italy) source: APRE

APRE  is a non-profit private research organisation, based in Italy, that provides information, assistance and training in order to increase the quality and quantity of Italian participation in European research & innovation programmes. APRE was created upon the joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission (EC) in 1989 and is the National Contact Point for all themes of the 7th Framework Programme of the EC (FP7). APRE is supported by more than 100 member organisations. The head office is situated in Rome relies on a network of 17 regional helpdesks. Member of the Enterprise Europe Network, and National Focal Point for the ICT theme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), APRE offers a direct link between the research world and the business community. Through its international networks in all S&T themes under FP7, APRE assists Italian researchers in the creation of partnerships with their European and global counterparts.



Telligence Group

The Telligence Group was formally registered in 1997 in Quebec by its principal, Peter Eggleton, as a network by which former heads of federal and provincial research and development (R&D) centres could provide their expertise to address science and technological (S&T) needs and opportunities faced by Canadian organizations. Each member of the group has a specialty and projects are addressed by grouping the applicable expertise for the task. A strong orientation is toward international linkages to facilitate S&T efforts in Canada. The principal, Peter Eggleton, has been Executive Director of Transport Canada’s Transportation Development Centre (in Montreal), Vice-President of Canadian Pacific Consulting Services Ltd. and Counsellor for S&T in Canadian embassies in Japan and to the European Union.



International Commerce Associates (ICA, Canada)
International Commerce Associates (ICA) is a general partnership and consulting company established in Ottawa, Canada in 1979. ICA's clients included small and medium-sized businesses in both Canada and Japan seeking new opportunities, as well as government organizations agencies in both countries. Projects have included working on behalf of business clients by operating as their export desk, provision of advice on potential direct investments, matching exporters and importers on both sides of the Pacific, organizing seminars and workshops on doing business overseas, producing videos and other multi-media presentations for public authorities for use in trade and investment promotion efforts. ICA also established a subsidiary - Japan Science & Technology Information Services (JASTIS) - focussed on supporting the increase of S&T and innovation linkages between Canada and Japan. Since the mid-90's, ICA's geographic focus has broadened to include the EU, and now also covers projects related to strengthening EU-Canada trade, investment and innovation linkages.


Public Knowledge Canada / Savoir Public Canada

source: Public Knowledge CanadaPublic Knowledge Canada is a sole proprietorship that helps researchers and research institutions build public recognition and influence for their work while generating, identifying and securing funding opportunities. It helps government, voluntary sector and business organizations access, interpret and use leading-edge research in a timely manner, contribute to the construction of specialized knowledge and create public awareness for their initiatives. PKC has conducted research on S&T policies and programs, and organized knowledge mobilization events, for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Genome Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), the Université de Montréal, the University of Windsor, Thompson Rivers University and the Island Corridor Foundation. In addition, PKC has provided executive management services to the European Research Area-Canada project and the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme.



International Bureau

International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

The International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) implements, on behalf of the BMBF, a wide range of international cooperation activities. The IB is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which is the largest funding agency working for the BMBF and other governmental bodies. It provides direct services to the Ministry and also administers BMBF support for German Universities, public research institutions and industries to identify and develop international links in strategic fields of mutual interest. The IB is preparing joint research activities in strategic fields of common interest, linked to national and European research funding programmes. It supports bilateral cooperation programmes in S&T with approximately 50 countries around the world in order to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation of German institutions. For these programmes BMBF provides an annual budget of approximately €10million. In addition, IB coordinates a number of accompanying measures to set up a framework for the stimulation of future cooperation in close cooperation with BMBF.

The International Bureau currently participates in a number of EU projects for setting up frameworks for international cooperation, e.g. SEE-ERA-NET (Western Balkans), EULANEST (Latin America) and CO-REACH (China). The IB is involved in all current INCO-Net projects and co-ordinates the SEA-EU-NET (INCO-NET with South-East-Asia).




Institut Pasteur (France)

source: Institut PasteurInstitut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases through biomedical research, education, and public health activities. It hosts 2600 people including approximately 600 tenured scientists, numerous PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as an important administrative staff. Institut Pasteur is involved in partnerships with several International Research Organizations and Universities. The international engagement of Institut Pasteur is also facilitated by a unique international network institutes (“Instituts Pasteur”) around the world that provide access to local collaborations and resources. Institut Pasteur also provides high quality training for young international researchers by hosting students and post-docs, including several Marie Curie fellows, and through its teaching centre that delivers unique courses mixing theoretical, analytical and technical teaching.
Institut Pasteur has participated in more than 100 collaborative research projects within the Framework Programmes, including 16 as coordinator, with several projects involving international partners outside Europe. The administrative organization of the Pasteur Institute, with legal, financial, patents and valorisation departments, provides an effective support in research management and knowledge transfer.


The activities of the ACCESS2CANADA consortium are fully endorsed by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).


On 5 September 2011 opportunities for doing environmental research in Canada were promoted in Gdansk.

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On 9 June 2011 opportunities for doing health research in Canada were promoted in Brussels.

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