European Research Council researcher collaboration details go live for CRCs

Details and a list of European counterparts are now available as part of the European Commission and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat’s (TIPS) partnership to provide research opportunities in Europe for Canada Research Chairs and Banting Postdoctoral Fellows.

The arrangement will support collaborations with European researchers already funded through European Research Council (ERC) grants. For more information, see the ERC news release, as well as information on ERC teams open to the world, including details about the implementation arrangement between the ERC and TIPS.

The initiative enables collaboration between European researchers and Canada Research Chairs, through a long-term visit (up to 12 months) or multiple short-term visits (e.g., for joint research projects) by Canada Research Chairs in Europe. Collaborations should be in similar areas of scientific pursuit or on topics of mutual interest related to disciplines in natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Canada Research Chairs can use this opportunity to formalize collaborations with their European counterparts, to advance their mutual research objectives. 

Canada Research Chairs should contact ERC grant holders directly to determine whether a match is suitable.  Details would be negotiated between the host ERC grantee and the Canadian researcher during winter 2017, with placements starting as early as summer 2017. Chairs must obtain approval from their institution before confirming a collaborative agreement with European counterparts.

Chairs taking part in the initiative would continue to receive their Canada Research Chairs grants according to the terms and conditions of the award. They would also be allowed to use their funding to collaborate with ERC-supported European teams, including to cover travel expenses.

Interested Canada Research Chairs are invited to contact to request a list, provided by the ERC, of interested researchers/teams, and for information on how to apply.