Existing cooperation agreements [fr]
France has facilitated several bilateral agreements (Memorandums of understanding) signed in July 2008 between research institutions from both countries: CEA/NRC, OSEO/NRC, ANSES/Health Canada, MITACS/INRIA.
A memorandum of understanding between CEA and CNRC sets out the following objectives:
- to establish a framework for future collaboration between the participants,
- to share scientific and technical information,
- to increase the number of visits and exchanges by the scientific and technical staff,
- to develop joint research projects.
Five themes were outlined in the memorandum:
- very high-resolution molecular imaging (namely, for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease),
- fuel cells,
- attosecond laser,
- digital simulation..
A memorandum of understanding between INRIA and MITACS sets out the objectives to intensify the scientific partnerships and to develop the transfer of knowledge by means of concrete projects:
- workshops and joint research projects,
- exchanges and researchers’ visits,
- an increased number of visits offered to postdoctoral fellows on priority topics,
- preparation of an agreement on intellectual property.
Themes outlined in this memorandum are as follows:
- networks and security: cryptography, computer viruses, security of information transmissions,
- health, biomedicine, bioengineering: modelling of cancer developments and other diseases, medical image analysis,
- environment, finances and financial risks (in prospect).
A memorandum of understanding between ANSES and Health Canada sets out the objective to increase:
- the capacity of the participants to react swiftly to emerging food issues, by developing exchanges in order to ensure a more efficient execution of their respective mandates,
- exchange of cooperation, information and expertise,
- exchange between researcher and student (PhD and Master’s), mainly working on the risk analysis and food innocuousness of shared interest.
Themes outlined in the memorandum are as follows:
- reduction of food safety incidents and emergency intervention measures,
- monitoring and control of food for chemical products, pathogenic agents and nutritional facts,
- methods of risk analysis in food safety,
- allergens and food intolerance and new foods (including biotechnological derivatives).
The agreement between CNRC and OSEO established 4 main pillars for their technology partnership:
- Collaborative, innovative projects : the objective is to provide joint financing for collaborative development of a new process, product or service.
- Competitiveness clusters / Canada’s technology clusters : OSEO and NRC-IRAP have committed to identifying one or two competitiveness clusters / technology clusters of shared interest in order to create a liaison between the institutions and to promote a transnational, technology partnerships.
- Call for collaborative technology projects : each year, the two organizations must identify two technology and/or scientific events, in Canada or France, and invite companies to present their technologies in order to facilitate the development of technological partnerships.
- Monitoring of innovation systems : the objective is to mutually share information regarding potential directions in the mandates of the two organizations in their national innovation systems in order to enable companies to benefit from joint initiatives.
Each year, a few joint scientific research projects are selected within the framework of bilateral agreements which exist between the Canadian and French research organizations: NRC–CNRC / CNRS; DFO-MPO / IFREMER; AAC / INR; CIHR-IRSC / INSERM, etc.
May 23, 2011