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Canada-Germany Technology Partnering Mission to f-cell+HFC 2019 - Vancouver May 22-24 2019

Request for Expression of Interest

Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Trade Commissioner Service and the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) are pleased to invite Canadian SMEs to submit an expression of interest to join a technology mission to Vancouver, which will take place from May 21-24, 2019.

These activities will include information sessions on funding opportunities under the EUREKA and NRC/IRAP ZIM, individual support and partnering events.

Mission Objective

To establish collaborative industrial research and development opportunities in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology sector between Canadian and European companies, leading to future economic benefits. Examples of R&D collaboration being targeted include:

Canadian Delegate Profile

Canadian participants should meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:

Mission Description

HFC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell conference is the annual meeting place of the global hydrogen community in Canada, organised by CHFCA, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. In 2019, it will take place May 22nd and 23rd in Vancouver, with additional activities on May 24th.

This year’s conference, a collaboration between CHFCA and f-cell will offer insights on business and technology developments within the industry, keynote and business case presentations, views on the future outlook of European and Germany R&D programs, and an exhibition.

Our activities (taking place in parallel with the conference) will further support B2B matchmaking and meetings, and offer information about funding instruments in across regions.

Innovation challenges for the global hydrogen and fuel cell industries

Hydrogen is a flexible energy carrier that can be produced from any regionally-prevalent primary energy source. Moreover, it can be effectively transformed into any form of energy for diverse end-use applications supporting decarbonisation in transport, industry, buildings and power.

A global trend in defossilisation of economies is currently pushing the hydrogen industry to improve products, scale up manufacturing and establish global supply chain structures. Many countries are rolling out hydrogen economy strategies comprising applications in mobility, energy storage, power-to-chemicals, off-grid power and the like, challenging the industry. Major research and development topics are seen in the following:

Preliminary mission agenda

Wednesday, May 22: information session and B2B meetings at f-cell+HFC 2019

Thursday, May 23: information session and B2B meetings at f-cell+HFC 2019

Friday, May 24: additional B2B meetings (NRC-workshop on FC manufacturing)

Financial support for Travel Costs

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of all eligible expenses (see application process below) such as:

How to Apply for Participation

  1. Interested companies should request an application form from Arndt Ulland (Arndt.Ulland@international.gc.ca). Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. A complete application form requesting additional information on your company and your technology and your interest in discussing possible R&D opportunities will be sent to you;
  2. Completed application forms are due no later than April 30 2019 to Arndt Ulland (Arndt.Ulland@international.gc.ca);
  3. The Embassy of Canada in Berlin and NRC-IRAP will select companies to participate in the mission. Selected applicants can expect to be notified no later than May 5 2019;
  4. Companies formally selected to participate in the mission will be invited to apply for travel funding support. Interested participants should request a travel funding form from Arndt Ulland (Arndt.Ulland@international.gc.ca);
  5. Companies who have applied for travel support can expect to be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than May 13 2019.

Please note: Participation is limited. Applications submitted will be assessed to determine the eligibility of the Applicant to participate in the PDA based on the quality of the information provided in regards to the technology and the appropriateness of the technology for the target CIIP PDA market.

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in collaboration with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP). CIIP supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets. Collaborative R&D projects (validation, adaptation and co-development) between Canadian and European companies resulting from the Technology Partnering Mission may be eligible to apply for EUREKA and NRC/IRAP ZIM project funding in future.

EUREKA

EUREKA is an international network for market-driven industrial R&D that includes over 40 economies from the EU, Europe, Israel, South Korea, South Africa, Chile, and Canada. Through Canada’s associate membership in EUREKA, Canadian innovators have an advantage in accessing technology, expertise, and markets in Europe and beyond.

NRC is the national contact point for EUREKA. Projects are financed through national public and private funding mechanisms, including NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for Canadian SMEs.

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