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Canadian Bio-Economy Cooperative Research and Development Partnering Mission to Germany – March 2 to 6, 2020

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An expression of interest is now open for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in participating in a five-day research and development (R&D) partnering mission to Leipzig (Saxony), Germany from March 2-6, 2020.


  • Agri-food
  • Clean technologies


  • Agricultural technologies
  • Agronomics
  • Bio-based chemicals
  • Bioproducts
  • Crop development
  • Precision / smart agriculture
  • Valorisation of agricultural waste streams
  • Value-added food ingredients

Deadline to apply: December 20, 2019

More information: Please refer to the detailed expression of interest or contact the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) International Office.


Why should Canadian SMEs apply?

  • Germany is the world’s 4th largest economy, Europe’s largest market, and a global leader in innovation.
  • German-produced goods and expertise, including from the biochemical and clean energy sectors, are in high demand worldwide.
  • Germany offers excellent opportunities for R&D cooperation for Canadian companies with competitive technologies and innovative solutions.
  • The European bioeconomy sector has grown through public and private investments to an economy worth EUR 2,300 billion and providing 18.6 million jobs: 49% is attributed to the food and beverage sector, 27% to agriculture, forestry & paper, 8% to chemicals & pharmaceuticals, 3% to bioenergy and biofuels, and 3% to textiles.
  • Germany’s bioeconomy strategy closely aligns with efforts in the EU and focuses on the industrial use of renewable raw materials, biomass based energy supply, healthy and safe food, sustainable agricultural production, and solutions to meet the global food challenge.
  • The bioeconomy cluster in the Leipzig region in eastern Germany is a centre of agricultural production, chemical industry, power generation and biorefinery R&D, including the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), a federal research centre and with a focus on the energetic and integrated material use of renewable raw materials.
  • The Canadian International Innovation Program may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of all eligible expenses.


Background – NRC IRAP International

NRC IRAP connects Canadian innovators with international R&D partners to help them grow their business beyond Canada’s borders. We create opportunities for firms to explore collaborative partnerships and develop effective multinational consortiums leading to co-innovation projects. With NRC IRAP’s support, Canadian businesses are better equipped to build their innovation capacity, successfully commercialize their technology, and become more competitive in the global marketplace.

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Background – Canadian International Innovation Program

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) is a funding program offered by Global Affairs Canada and delivered in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program for Brazil, China, India and South Korea. The CIIP fosters and supports collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization between Canada and partner countries. It also stimulates bilateral science and technology networking and matchmaking activities to further new partnerships and accelerate the commercialization of research and development. For more information, please visit the CIIP webpage.

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