The Government of Canada is committed to supporting research that improves the lives of Canadians and allows Canadian entrepreneurs to develop new products and introduce them to the marketplace, creating jobs and economic growth and raising Canadians’ standard of living. To this end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today announced the intent to launch two new calls for proposals, valued at $18 million, for joint research and development initiatives under the Canada-China Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation.
The two new calls for proposals, which are expected to be launched in spring 2012, will focus on the development of innovations with high commercial potential in the areas of human vaccines and clean automotive transportation. These areas were identified by the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology, which is made up of Canadian and Chinese partners from industry, academia and government.
The contribution is shared equally between the two countries, with $9 million from Canadian sources and $9 million from Chinese sources. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, through the International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP), will contribute up to $1.5 million to each of the two initiatives, to be matched with equivalent funds from Canadian industry. Additionally, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will contribute up to $1.5 million to the human vaccines and clean automotive transportation initiatives, respectively. Additional support provided by the National Research Council of Canada and Natural Resources Canada promises to further bolster the initiative by linking it to new and existing programs and resources.
To date, nearly $28 million has been provided through the Canada-China Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation for 21 projects that have significant commercial potential. Some areas being explored include new ways to monitor nuclear power plants, as well as the development of new drugs for AIDS patients, and cleaner pulp and paper plants.
About International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP)
In Canada, ISTPP is delivered by an arms-length, not-for-profit agency, International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
ISTPP provides seed funding to Canadian small-and-medium-sized enterprises, often working in partnership with universities and research organizations, to undertake commercially viable joint research and development projects with partners from China, Brazil, India and Israel. It was established in 2005 with funding of $20 million over five years. The program was renewed in 2011 with an additional $20 million over five years. Since 2007, partners have contributed $3 for every $1 invested by the Government of Canada. The program increases the international competitiveness and prosperity of Canada by building stronger science and technology relationships with partner countries.