The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR) is an initiative for the development of European-Canadian research and business relations. Formerly known as the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR), the ECCIR provides support for the exchange of information, development of networks, the establishment and cultivation of collaborative partnerships in academia, business, and industry, as well as cultural exchange. The central focus us in enhancing international knowledge and technology transfer, and on raising the profile of Canada and Europe as centres of excellence in innovation and research. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, our offices are located in the University of Alberta’s Enterprise Square, a vibrant hub in downtown Edmonton that fosters research, advances innovation, and provides collaborative opportunities for community and economic development.
In addition to multiple academic and international partnerships, the ECCIR works with the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation to operate the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund, which is aimed at facilitating and supporting joint, innovative technology development projects between Albertan and European SMEs.
As a member of the IraSME Network, a network of European ministries and funding agencies that are owners or managers of national and regional funding programs for cooperative research and development projects, the ECCIR regularly participates in both annual IraSME calls for proposals to support joint, innovative R&D projects.
Furthermore, as a member of the Enterprise Europe Network, the world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions, the ECCIR works with over 400 member organisations across Europe to support businesses in:
- Identifying and promoting business, R&D, and joint venture opportunities in Canada and the EU,
- Accessing information on funding opportunities,
- Finding business opportunities and partners in Canadian/European markets, understanding Canadian/EU legislation, and providing practical information on how to do business within Canada/Europe, and
- Increasing their competitiveness by exchanging best practices and market intelligence among Enterprise Europe Network members.