An international presence in health research - FRSQ NOW A PARTNER OF ERA-NET NEURON, A EUROPEAN RESEARCH NETWORK



    MONTREAL, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fonds de la recherche en santé du
Québec (FRSQ) is pleased to announce that as of June 1st it will be a partner
of one of Europe's research networks, namely, ERA-NET, as part of the European
Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
(FP7). ERA-NET NEURON, the first network in which FRSQ is a partner, focuses
on neurosciences and mental health. FRSQ has the distinction of being the
first Québec funding agency to be included in a ERA-NET.
    "This initiative is consistent with our strategy for putting Québec
health research on the Canadian and international map," said FRSQ President
and CEO Yves Joanette. "The goal here is to keep our best neuroscience
researchers and attract new ones by offering them access to an impressive
network of European colleagues."
    Dr Howard Bergman, FRSQ's Vice-President and Scientific Director, sees
the Fond's active participation in ERA-NET NEURON as a way of empowering the
Québec researchers involved in any of the FRSQ's 18 networks to enter the
European arena and reap the benefits of a unique setting for collaborative
research through open calls for proposals. A response to the calls for
proposal is not mandatory.
    ERA-NET is a European initiative aimed at supporting the coordination of
research programs among European countries. It is primarily intended for
national or local research funding agencies and concentrates on a series of
themes chosen by the partners, with an emphasis on the areas that mesh with
FP7 priorities.
    Partner agencies within ERA-NET provide financial support for
collaborative research from their own research budgets and according to their
own rules of funding. By being part of ERA-NET NEURON, FRSQ can more easily
exchange information with European funding agencies about their activities,
evaluation procedures and funding philosophy in order to enhance the standards
of member countries.

    About ERA-NET NEURON : www.neuron-eranet.eu

    About the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec

    The Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), which reports to the
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, supports health
research in order to foster the well-being of Quebecers. Its mandate is to
promote and provide funding for research, to disseminate knowledge, and to
contribute to training, as well as to establish partnerships crucial to the
development of Québec's research and innovation system and its international
reach.
    www.frsq.gouv.qc.ca

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Dubuc, FRSQ, (514) 873-2114, extension
235, mdubuc@frsq.gouv.qc.ca

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