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CNRC international research engagement in Germany: MoU with the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) and with the DLR (German Center for Aerospace Research)

02.02.2018



On January 28, 2018, NRC President Iain Stewart signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with DLR and BayFOR to set in place the processes for future collaborations with the NRC. Both the NRC and BayFOR promote R&D projects across a broad spectrum of potential applications and play a role in facilitation of matchmaking for research partners from academia, industry and government labs.

The NRC and BayFOR MoU is intended to identify and push forward additional opportunities for joint research projects, including with partners from the private sector, where pooling expertise will bring advantages to both sides. More specifically, a key focus of this work is on public funded opportunities to assist innovation development that is implemented through thematic and geographical superclusters.

"The NRC and Germany have a long history of cooperation and collaboration with positive Science, Technology and Innovation experiences. I cannot overstate the importance of the cooperative environment that led to the creation of these MoUs. The NRC is excited about the creation of new networks and looks forward to deepening and expanding existing ones." - Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council of Canada

"When two organizations with shared priorities and interests align, the possibilities for innovation are unlimited. BayFOR is pleased to be engaging in this international collaboration agreement with the NRC and increasing opportunities for joint research in key areas to the benefit of Bavaria and Canada." - Martin Reichel, Managing Director, BayFOR (Bavarian Research Alliance)

Prior to this signature, in October 2017, Dr. Alan Steele and Dr. Jennifer Decker traveled to Germany to learn more about how Germany administers and organizes research and to exchange best practices. The purpose was to identify opportunities to deepen current research collaborations for the mutual benefit of Canada and Germany. Dr. Steele and Dr. Decker were generously hosted by DLR for their stay in Bonn and Berlin, and by BayFOR during their time in Munich.

Source, & more about the MoU between the CNRC and the DLR at https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/stories/2018/nrc_research_germany.html