CANNAPE is a European “Coordinating & Support Action” project that was implemented as part of the European Framework Programme 7 from June 2011 to May 2013. With the consortium composed of aerospace R&D stakeholders from both Europe and Canada, the initial main objectives were:
With Hamburg Aviation and Aerospace Valley, two cluster members of EACP were official members of the CANNAPE consortium.
After a major kick-off event organised as part of the Le Bourget Airshow at the Canadian Embassy in Paris in June 2011, four technical workshops were held on either side of the Atlantic. Their key aim resided in the identification of research topics that are of interest to both Canadian and European R&D players.
In general, the results of CANNAPE have enabled a deeper and longer period of collaborative R&D in critical aeronautics. Thus, the Canadian industry is now expected to be in a position to participate in the European Horizon 2020 programme. Owing in particular to the strong involvement and commitment of all partners, the consortium has not only been successful in preparing a better mutual understanding of research policies, instruments, rules and procedures of European and Canadian R&D programmes, but also in establishing proper communication channels between the partners both during and after the project. Furthermore, the encouragement of mutual participation of researchers in joint projects launched in the EU and Canada has been positive, thus resulting in partnerships and network building between researchers and R&D institutions situated on both sides of the Atlantic. Last but not least, the project has succeeded in developing a list of priority topics for collaborative research regarding both the Canadian Research Project Data and European ACARE high-level technology priorities as well as taking notice of technologies from unfunded FP7 projects with Canadian partners.