CIHR reaffirms commitment to research collaboration with the European Union
Builds on more than 20 years of successful EU-Canada S&T partnerships

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced a commitment of $15 million to support ten joint transnational calls for proposals in 2018 under the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

This funding will support the involvement of Canadian researchers in multinational research consortia in areas such as personalized medicine, rare diseases, gender and health, neurodegenerative diseases, mental health, cardiovascular diseases, ICT for ageing well, and storing/sharing human- omics data. 

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. As a third country, CIHR engages in Horizon 2020 predominantly through Public to Public (P2P) networks involving EU member states, other third and associated countries, and the European Commission. Currently, CIHR is involved in 13 active P2Ps and 4 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) within the health sector.

Over the last three years, CIHR has seen the highest rates of linkages with Europe in its funded projects. Through Horizon 2020, CIHR has participated in 28 Joint Transnational Calls, funded the Canadian component of 89 multinational teams and invested $27 million.

"CIHR greatly values its relationship with the European Commission as both Canada and Europe have many shared interests in the health science sector," says Michel Perron, CIHR's Executive Vice-President. "Our participation and investment in Horizon 2020 will support the creation of new collaborations that will advance science in many important areas."

Canada has a long history of productive research collaboration with the European Union. The year 2016 marked 20 years of Canada's cooperation under the EU-Canada Science and Technology Agreement.

The 2018 Horizon 2020 Joint Transnational Calls for proposals with CIHR funding are posted at the links below.

2018 Joint Transnational Calls with Canadian Dedicated Funds

Note: All deadlines provided for the full application are for the Canadian component of the transnational team applying to CIHR, please view the relevant partner websites for the Europeans deadlines.

Call Topic: Flagship collaboration on human data storage personalized medicine approaches
(Canada-European Commission)
Funding: $5.5M Canada ($5 M CIHR; $500k FRQS); €40M EU Commission
Deadline: 18 April 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Personalized medicine – Smart combination of pre-clinical and clinical research with data and ICT solutions
Funding: $4.6M Canada ($4.1 M CIHR; €310K FRQS); others tbc
Deadline: 10 April 2018 (pre-application), 5 July 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Multi-omic integrated approaches in the context of rare diseases
Funding: $2M Canada ($1.5 M CIHR; €360K FRQS) and others TBC
Deadline: 6 February 2018 (pre-application), 19 June 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Sex, Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals
Funding: $2.2M Canada ($1.5 M CIHR; €450 k NSERC); others tbc
Deadline: 1 March 2018 (pre-application), 16 July 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Nutrition and the Epigenome
Funding: $900 K CIHR; others tbc
Deadline:12 April 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Health and Social Care for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Funding: $700 K CIHR; others TBC
Deadline:6 March 2018 (pre-application), 25 June 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Cardiovascular research projects driven by early career scientists
Funding: $585 K CIHR; others TBC
Deadline:15 March 2018 (pre-application), 15 June 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Mental health
Funding: $900k Canada ($450 K CIHR and $450 K FRQS); others TBC
Deadline:8 March 2018 (pre-application), 26 June 2018 (full application)

Call Topic: Smart Solutions for Ageing Well
Funding: $353 K CIHR; others TBC
Deadline:28 May 2018 (full application)

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