Researchers in Canada are now eligible to apply for funding under Pillar II of Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship program for research and innovation.

This new association allows Canadians to participate on equal terms alongside EU Member States, and have access to an extensive network of researchers worldwide. With a budget of €53.5 billion, Pillar II is primarily focused on shared global problems: climate, digital economy, energy, and health.

The signing of the final agreement is expected to take place later this year, but in the meantime, Canadian applicants will be evaluated as prospective beneficiaries. Timeframe from call closure to successful grant finalization is typically up to 8 months.

This landmark agreement represents the deepest form of collaboration offered by the EU in research and innovation, and signals unprecedented potential for Canadians looking for external sources of funding.

“We warmly welcome Canada into the Horizon Europe family, and we eagerly anticipate the innovative breakthroughs and transformative discoveries that will emerge from our joint projects. Together, we will chart new frontiers, push the boundaries of knowledge, and build a more resilient and prosperous world for generations to come.”

-Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President

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