EURAXESS: Broadening horizons across the world

As Horizon Europe expands funding opportunities, tools like EURAXESS North America simplify communication. Canada’s involvement with Horizon Europe’s Pillar II unlocks significant funding opportunities and fosters closer ties with European researchers.

Launched in 2003 to promote researcher mobility within Europe, EURAXESS now extends globally. Speaking with Jackson Howard, Regional Representative for EURAXESS North America, reveals the initiative’s comprehensive support for all researchers regardless of nationality, discipline, or career stage. The North American hub, covering Canada and the US, highlights career development and job opportunities in and beyond academia through Horizon Europe.

Canada’s association with Pillar II signifies seamless participation for Canadian principal investigators (PIs) who can now join consortia and secure funding without the additional administrative burden. This streamlined process, already mirrored by other nations like New Zealand, promises more robust and straightforward collaborations.

Participation in Horizon Europe places Canada at a strategic advantage, amplifying its global research footprint. By contributing to Horizon Europe’s programming and encouraging partnerships, Canadian researchers gain vital opportunities. Additionally, the establishment of National Contact Points (NCPs) offers dedicated support, answering thematic queries and encouraging more profound engagements.

International collaboration is pivotal in addressing global challenges outlined in Pillar II, such as societal and environmental issues. The success stories from New Zealand’s participation underscore the potential benefits awaiting Canada.

Researcher mobility – sending and hosting researchers – is crucial. Programs under Pillar I, like Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Research Council grants, facilitate substantial mobility, fostering knowledge transfer and innovation.

For Canadian researchers and institutions, leveraging the available resources, such as the EURAXESS portal, NCPs, and networking opportunities, is advisable. Joining initiatives like hosting Marie-Curie fellows can deepen institutional connections to European research programs. EURAXESS North America and associated Canadian entities offer support, ensuring researchers can navigate and capitalize on these collaborative frameworks effectively.

By engaging with these opportunities, Canadian research stands poised to achieve greater global impact.

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