On May 12, the France-Canada Research Fund selected the 20 winning teams of the 2020 edition of the “new research collaborations” program.
The context related to the COVID-19 pandemic led the Executive Committee to meet exceptionally by videoconference this year.
At a time when restrictions on international travel make it more complex to set up international cooperation, the members of the FCRF wanted to send a strong message on the importance of maintaining scientific collaboration between France and Canada. In the coming weeks, 20 new projects conducted jointly by Canadian and French teams will thus receive funding of up to $15,000.
The teams will then have two years to exchange and share their expertise around their common research theme. Since all the funds allocated within the framework of the FCRF are primarily intended to finance the mobility of researchers, particularly young researchers involved in the teams, the mechanisms will be adapted to the current health context.
8 of the 20 projects selected this year integrate the 2020 priority theme of artificial intelligence into areas as various as mathematics, chemistry, medicine, and the social sciences.
These grants will enable the creation of new collaborations and strengthen pre-existing relationships between French and Canadian higher education institutions. The new collaborations are spread over a large part of the Canadian territory:
- University of Victoria with Université Sorbonne/CNRS
- University of British Columbia with the University of Rouen and the University of Montpellier/CNRS/IRD/EPHE/CIRAD
- University of Alberta with the Sorbonne
- McMaster University with the University Paul Sabatier/CNRS/Toulouse-INP, the New Caledonian Agronomic Institute, the University Bordeaux Montaigne/CNRS and the University Lyon 1
- University of Toronto with INSA Rennes, Institut Pasteur, Institut de Neurosciences de Montpellier and Université Grenoble Alpes
- York University with Ecole Polytechnique and Jean Monnet St Etienne University
- University of Guelph with the University of Limoges
- Queen’s University with the University of Lorraine
- University of Ottawa with St-Etienne University
- Université Laval with the CoBTeK-EA Laboratory and the Côte d’Azur University
- McGill University with the CNRS
The positive impact of the FCRF on relations between universities and research centers in France and Canada is also supported by the attribution of 3 doctoral contracts per year. This year, the contracts were awarded to doctoral schools for projects in partnership with York University, UBC and Université Laval. The students involved will benefit from French and Canadian co-supervision.
In addition to the selection of the successful projects, the May 12 meetings were an opportunity to highlight the 20th anniversary of the FCRF. In its 20 years of existence, this major instrument of scientific and academic cooperation between France and Canada has enabled more than 300 teams of French and Canadian researchers to develop joint projects. The Ambassador of France to Canada Kareen Rispal, and the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa Jacques Frémont, also took the opportunity to celebrate the long-lasting and privileged collaboration between the University and the Embassy of France, associated in the management of the Fund.
To learn more about the FCRF: http://francecanadaculture.org/france-canada-research-fund/