Vitalise-Project / VITALISE project: A real life success story of Canada Partnering with Horizon Europe | Mc Gill Presentation at ECCIR webinar

VITALISE project: A real life success story of Canada Partnering with Horizon Europe | Mc Gill Presentation at ECCIR webinar

Canada in the past years has built strong collaborations with EU institutions in the context of research. In this framework, the country’s researchers have participated in projects funded by the European Commission however they are encountering some challenges, for example,

  • Canadians need to bring their own funding unless the Canadian participation is deemed indispensable.
  • Applicants need to be EU based, but possible for Canadians to establish European subsidiary.

Canada is currently negotiating with the European Union the status of Associated Country which potentially will boost research and innovation in the country.

But what will change if Canada were to take on the status of Associated Country?

  • Canada will pay into the overall budget.
  • Canadian researchers will be directly funded from the Horizon Europe budget.
  • Canadian participation counts towards a necessary minimum of 3 participating countries.
  • Canadian researchers can lead a consortium.

Canada Partnering with Horizon Europe: Opportunities for the Health Section – The example of VITALISE project

Within the aforementioned context, two webinars were organized on May 24th and May 31st, 2023 by European Canadian Centre of Innovation and Research (ECCIR) together with Enterprise Europe Network entitled “Canada Partnering with Horizon Europe: Opportunities for the Health Section”.

Real life success stories from projects that already are participating to Horizon Europe and supporting in innovate research were presented. Our project, VITALISE, was one of the main examples that were presented during the webinar!

Prof. Eva KehayiaAssociate Professor and Research Director at the School of Physical and Occupational of Therapy at Mc Gill University talked about the establishment of strong collaboration with European partners via the participation in the VITALISE project. It is an example where the Mc Gill University together with the University of Montreal have undertaken, within VITALISE, to contribute to the design implementation and validation of methods, tools and technologies to standardize Living Lab infrastructures.

19 partners from 11 countries, including Canada, are participating in the VITALISE project. Particularly for Canada, three Canadian universities i.e., Mc Gill, UdeM and CRIR are providing their living labs infrastructures in research activities within the project. In terms of numbers of Canadian researchers involved in VITALISE, there are 16 researchers8 of them are from Mc Gill university.


The Canadian McGill-UdeM-CRIR Living Labs in VITALISE project

The Canadian McGill-UdeM-CRIR Living Labs are working across the 3 main themes of research in Rehabilitation, Transitions and Environment of daily living. With this collaboration of Canadian Universities within the Horizon 2020 project through VITALISE project have built strong research activities across different rehabilitation sites.

Prof. Kehayia wrapped up her presentation speaking on the advantages that Canadian universities gain from their participation in EC funding through VITALISE project. These advantages briefly are:

  • Collaborative parallel projects in Canada and Europe using the same or similar assessment tools, technologies and interventions, (Museum projects)
  • Collections of large amounts of data allowing comparisons across continents, cultures, diverse contexts
  • Harmonization processes that foster:
    • sharing of technologies, assessments and interventions
    • creation of the Living Lab Lexicon

The event is available here.