International and Other Extra-Territorial Public Administration
The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates European-Canadian research and business relations.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. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, our offices are located in the University of Alberta’s Enterprise Square which fosters research, advances innovation, and provides collaborative opportunities for community and economic development.
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 members organisations across Europe to support businesses in promoting business and joint venture opportunities in Canada and the EU, accessing information on funding opportunities, and providing practical information etc.