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January 01, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

NRC and the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V. (Helmholtz) announced the joint funding of 11 collaborative science and technology research projects worth $9 million over the next 3 years. Applications for projects were invited from all areas of science in which NRC is active.

To carry out the work, senior researchers from several NRC institutes will team up with German researchers from a broad range of public and academic institutions. Six of the approved NRC-Helmholtz collaborative research projects involve Nanotechnology and Materials Sciences, three others focus on Health Research, while two involve the fields of Aeronautics and Laser Research.

"These jointly funded projects will become the nuclei for trans-Atlantic centers of excellence in the next couple of years," said Dr. Walter Kröll, Helmholtz President.

Canada and Germany have a long history of R&D collaboration, over 30 years, a fact punctuated by the new multi-year memorandum of understanding signed between NRC and Helmholtz. Helmholtz is one of the world's largest research organizations, with 24,000 employees and annual expenditures approaching CAN $4 billion.

The agreement seeks to develop and increase S&T collaboration between Canada and Germany through the consolidation of existing S&T linkages. The MOU also encourages and promotes research collaboration in scientific fields of mutual interest, promotes scientific exchanges between Canadian and German scientists and encourages joint research collaborations.

"NRC has developed a valuable international network of technical and scientific intelligence of strategic importance to Canada," said Dr. Arthur Carty, NRC President. "Through focused collaborative research agreements with partners such as Helmholtz, NRC is working to leverage new innovation opportunities for Canadian industry internationally, and to enhance Canada's innovation performance."

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