S&T Agreements

EU-Canada S&T agreement

The European Commission (EC) has put a great emphasis on international cooperation in science and technology (S&T).

Already in 1976, the European Union (EU) established the first S&T relationship with Canada by signing the EC-Canada Framework Agreement for Commercial and Economic Cooperation. However, it was only after the EC adopted its multi-annual Framework Programmes in 1984 that the two sides could more concretely begin to identify S&T cooperation opportunities. S&T cooperation between the EU and Canada has evolved ever since and in 1995 a formal Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation was signed.

This Agreement between Canada and the EU is administered by the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC). The JSTCC meets on an 18 months basis, with meetings being held alternately in the EU and Canada.


Bilateral S&T arrangements at the Member State level

A great number of bilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding, and other arrangements have been set up between Canada and single countries in Europe, from the governmental level to the level of research institutes. The ACCESS2CANADA project will map such arrangements in so far they are useful for inducing new partnerships between European researchers with their colleagues under Canada research and innovation programmes.

An overview of the existing bilateral arrangements is available in the OPPORTUNITY REPORT 2011 that was produced in September by ACCESS2CANADA. If you would like to add a bilateral arrangement, please contact us.

For more information on the history of S&T collaboration between Canada and the EU, please have a look on the website of the
Delegation to the European Union to Canada.


S&T coordination projects

The European Commission has launched two types of projects to support the implementation of the EU-Canada S&T Agreement. The first, ERA-CAN is a so called BILAT project that aims at stimulating bilateral S&T cooperation and, in particular, the participation of Canadian researchers in European research and innovation programmes. The second is the ACCESS2CANADA project, that has the opposite aim: introducing European researchers to Canadian research and innovation programmes.


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

For more information, click here.


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

For more information, click here.


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Click here to download the A2C project brochure (PDF).



Download the OPPORTUNITY REPORT 2010 (PDF).