German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs encourages German SMEs to cooperate with Canadian province of Alberta in R&D efforts


The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has concluded an agreement on co-operation with the province of Alberta (Canada) within the framework of the successful Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM). For this purpose, the two sides have published a joint invitation to submit research and development (R&D) projects.

Support is provided for the development of innovative products, processes or technical services in all technological areas and fields of application which offer a great market potential. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the province of Alberta and from Germany can submit applications by 31 January 2014; further invitations to submit projects are planned to be published.

The partners must include at least one SME from Alberta and one SME from Germany which make major contributions to the project. Large-scale co-operation projects comprising several companies and research institutes are also welcome.

Canada and Germany have vibrant trade relations and share close economic ties. Alberta is Canada's most prosperous province. The province's major fields of economic activity include the oil and gas sectors and the construction industry. In addition, markets of the future such as medical technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and environmental technology are playing a growing role.

More information (in German) about German transnational R&D projects

The partners involved receive national funding. German participating SMEs and research institutes must fulfil the unbureaucratic ZIM support criteria. The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) organises several events in November in order to make it easier for companies to find suitable partners and to help enterprises from Germany and Alberta to launch commercial activities.

Source: www.bmwi.de