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Technology partnership delegation to France: Cybersecurity Applied to Mobility

Date: February 6 to 10, 2023

Request for expressions of interest

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), through the Embassy of Canada to France in Paris and in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), invites you to submit your expressions of interest to participate in the Technology partnership delegation to France that will take place from February 6 to 10, 2023, in two cities (Paris and Rennes). The delegation's theme is "Cybersecurity Applied to Mobility."

Companies interested in participating must apply no later than December 14, 2022.   

Note: Since this will be an in-person event, you will have to travel to France. Participants will, however, need to follow the travel advice and advisories of Canada and France. If those advisories recommend against travel to France at the time of the delegation, it may have to be held virtually. While some activities could take place virtually, others may have to be cancelled. Furthermore, any funding approved for participants' delegation-related travel would also be cancelled. 

Delegation objective

The delegation will focus on identifying technology collaboration opportunities for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with potential French partners for industrial research and development collaboration (R&D) pertaining to the use of cybersecurity technologies applied to mobility.

These are some examples of R&D collaboration:

Canadian delegate profile

Canadian companies that want to apply to participate in the delegation to France must meet the following criteria:

These are some of the technologies and products/services of particular interest to this delegation:

Delegation description

The "Cybersecurity Applied to Mobility" technology partnering delegation will take place over four days in February 2023. The program will include multiple B2B meetings and activities with key organizations in the cybersecurity sector. The delegation will focus on creating industrial R&D collaboration opportunities (specifically for co-developing, validating and adapting technology) in the field of mobility. 

The program will include the following activities:

Why France?

The French cybersecurity market will see strong growth, rising from €2.8 billion in 2021 to €4.2 billion in 2025 (an annual average growth rate of +11%). This software and service-based market is complemented by the digital security market, which generated €14.6 billion in 2021, an increase of +7.0% between 2020 and 2021. However, the level of cyber maturity of major French organizations is below the 46% average, as seen in France in 2021. For instance, with a score of 44.8%, the French industrial sector is clearly lagging. 

To address this, the European cybersecurity certification framework is currently being revised, which should result in stronger security requirements being imposed on companies. The French cybersecurity ecosystem is fairly well developed to provide solutions. France relies on European and global leaders providing solutions for digital trust, such as Thales, Airbus, Atos and Orange Cyberdefense. French players are very good in terms of skills and R&D, particularly in artificial intelligence and machine learning, cryptography, and post-quantum technologies. To address the rise in cyberattacks, the French government announced in 2021 a €1-billion euros plan to strengthen its cybersecurity. This plan is being funded under the country’s “Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir” and “France Relance”. 

French structures are faced with a number of challenges with the main one focusing on how to rebuild after a cyberattack, followed by optimizing industrial information systems. And that is where the delegation's theme of Cybersecurity Applied to Mobility comes in, both in producing equipment and infrastructure and in managing their operation, including onboard communication systems that need to be secured.

In light of these challenges, innovation is key in the areas that French cybersecurity players are developing. User organizations and companies have expressed a huge need for support in securing information systems, and to meet this need, solution providers are looking to expand their offerings to revitalize their business. French cybersecurity start-ups are not addressing emerging issues sufficiently and are developing their R&D in an overly isolated manner. This is where and why the Canadian technology partnering delegation will work with the main players in the French cybersecurity ecosystem (such as Campus Cyber in Paris and the Pôle d'excellence Cyber in Rennes, as well as the major French cybersecurity groups and their respective ecosystems) to set up individual meetings between SMEs from both countries and foster technology partnerships with the aim to commercialize the results in the next 2 to 3 years.

Even with the French ecosystem structure and its solution offerings, and although clients and users are mostly aware of the risks of cyberattacks, many challenges need to be addressed, and this is what the Canadian partnering delegation to France will address, both by providing Canadian technology bricks that complement French offerings, and by enhancing R&D partnerships working on innovative solutions.   

The goal of this Canadian technology partnering delegation to France is to provide a response through technology partnerships. Ultimately, these partnerships can lead to business developments with major French groups in the mobility sector (air transportation: Airbus, Thales, etc.; automobile: Stellantis, Renault, Faurecia, etc.; rail transportation: Alstom, SNCF, etc.; marine transportation: CMA-CGM, etc.).

Financial support for delegation-related travel

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide participants who meet the criteria with financial support equal to 50% of eligible expenses (see the application process below), including the following: 

Further information on the eligibility for travel funding will be provided to companies selected to participate in the delegation.

How to apply to participate

You must contact François Gauthé (paris.cyber2023@international.gc.ca), Trade Commissioner (Innovation) at the Embassy of Canada in Paris, to obtain an application form. Please include a brief description of your company in your email.

You will then receive a full application form in which you must provide additional information about your company, your technology and your interest in discussing R&D opportunities. In your application, please answer every question in detail. 

Duly completed forms must be sent to François Gauthé in Paris (paris.cyber2023@international.gc.ca) no later than December 14, 2022. 

The Embassy of Canada in Paris, the CIIP team at Global Affairs Canada and NRC-IRAP will select the companies that will take part in the delegation. Selected applicants will be notified no later than January 15, 2023.

The selected companies will be invited to apply for financial support for travel expenses. 

Companies that apply for financial support for travel expenses will be informed of the funding decision no later than December 15, 2022. 

Important notes

Space is limited. Each application submitted will be assessed to determine the applicant's eligibility to participate in this R&D delegation based on the quality of the information provided about the company, the technology developed by the company and the relevance of the technology in the CIIP target market.

If you have any questions about the application process, please consult the CIIP web page or send an email to innovation@international.gc.ca

Canadian International Innovation Program 

Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) in France. This program supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets, including France.

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