The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in partnership with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and the NRC National Program Office are working together to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization.

On 9 June 2020 the virtual matchmaking event offered the opportunity for project partners and consortia to network and facilitate introductions with Canadian and German collaborators in the artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for industrial production in the context of value-added manufacturing and with the prospect of funding from the program CAN-DEU 3+2.

Martin Bussas gave a brief overview of the activities and skills of TROUT and a very early project sketch was already exchanged between the potential partners.