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FP7 Guide For Canadians

The CANNAPE members, specifically Canadian who wish to engage in the FP7 program, can now benefit from a "Guide to the 7th Framework Program" recently developed by ERA-CAN (the European Research Area and Canada).

The Guide is now available to download from the Event Document Library.

Aim of the Guide
There are similar opportunities for Canadians in all areas of research. This guide aims to assist Canadians by: providing an introduction to FP7, identifying specific opportunities for Canadians, explaining rules for participation and funding, detailing how to prepare an application, explaining how to negotiate grant and consortium agreements, and giving tips on managing a project and dealing with intellectual property rights. It pays special attention to targeted opportunities for international cooperation as well as mobility and career development programs. These have all been advantageous for other Canadian researchers.  There are a growing number of Canadian researchers (approximately 200 as of July 2011) in universities and both government and private sector laboratories who are taking advantage of the opportunity to work with European colleagues in FP7 projects.

Why FP7?
FP7 allows researchers to address global challenges, share knowledge with some of the best researchers in the world, strengthen networks, leverage resources, work internationally and bring Europeans to Canada. It also gives researchers a chance to broaden their capacity and the impact of their own work.  Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu of Carleton University shared just one example of the potential of this type of project. His work with European colleagues in FP6 established international standards for 4G wireless communication. “It was one of the biggest achievements of my career,” he says. “It created visibility on the international scale and many opportunities.” (See his story on page 12 of the Guide).

Structure of the Guide
This guide starts with an introduction to the structure of FP7 and information on Canadian participation (Chapter 2). Chapter 3 discusses the opportunities for Canadians to participate in large international research projects under the COOPERATION specific programme. Chapter 4 provides an overview of the mobility and career development programs (‘Marie Curie Actions’) that are part of the PEOPLE specific programme. Chapter 5 briefly presents the opportunities for support for fundamental frontier research through the IDEAS specific programme. Chapter 6 touches on the CAPACITIES specific programme that complements the COOPERATION programme through the development of research infrastructures, international linkages and the promotion of science in society. Chapter 7 provides information on European programmes beyond FP7 that can also help establish or improve international research collaboration. Lastly, Chapter 8 gives an overview of agencies that offer assistance for researchers interested in pursuing FP7. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 begin with a list of key links.

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