Canada and Germany announced as 2024–2025 co-chairs of the Eureka Network

News release

June 12, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Research Council of Canada

Creating opportunities for the brightest minds to connect is essential to accelerating the creation and adoption of new technologies. By fostering international collaboration, we are able to leverage complementary expertise and advance knowledge while building our economies to deliver innovative solutions in areas such as climate change, quantum computing and health technologies.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, is pleased to announce that Canada has been selected as a co-chair of Eureka for 2024–2025, with Germany. This is the first time in Eureka’s almost 40-year history that two countries will share the responsibility of leading the network. Co-chairing Eureka—the world’s largest public network for international cooperation in research and development—is an important milestone for Canada and an opportunity to highlight Canada’s leadership in research and innovation on the global stage.

Canada, in collaboration with its German partner, will help set the strategic direction for Eureka and continue to support efforts to enhance cooperation across the network. This will bring together innovators from Eureka countries to work together on market-driven industrial R&D. Innovators and partners from across the Eureka network will also have the opportunity to visit Canada and experience our vibrant innovation ecosystem.


“Canada is honoured to co-chair Eureka with Germany. Now, more than ever, we need to work together with trusted global partners to harness the power of the Eureka platform, build on its members’ expertise, address shared challenges, and build a resilient future.” 

—The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Canada

The National Research Council of Canada looks forward to working with our partner in Germany to lead the strategic direction for the Eureka network over the coming year. Eureka provides excellent opportunities for innovators to work with international partners, facilitating access to the expertise, knowledge and resources they need to grow and reach new markets.”

—Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council of Canada

"Cooperation between Canada and Germany in research and innovation is exceptionally close and well-established. The Eureka co-chair 2024-2025 is yet another milestone of our partnership. Together, we have the opportunity to strengthen innovation and technology transfer across borders and continents. This is imperative to address the many challenges of our time and to navigate towards a successful future."       

– Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany

Quick facts

  • Eureka is the world’s largest public network for international cooperation in research and development, with more than 45 countries from Europe and beyond. It aims to facilitate market-oriented, industry-led R&D collaboration projects across borders, bringing together small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), large companies, research centres, universities and other innovators.

  • Canada will be the co-chair of Eureka with Germany from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025.

  • Canada’s participation as Eureka co-chair will be led by the National Research Council of Canada and the Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

  • Since joining Eureka in 2012, Canada has supported more than 300 participants in projects valued at CAD 800 million, involving over 600 partners from 35 countries.

  • The National Research Council of Canada is Canada’s national office for Eureka and provides Canadian companies, researchers and academics with a first point of contact and access to the expansive global network.

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