The Institut France-Québec pour la coopération scientifique en appui au secteur maritime (IFQM) was created in fall 2016 following the 19th alternate meeting between the Prime Ministers of France and Quebec. This new institute aims to channel bilateral efforts and mobilize, on both sides of the Atlantic, many stakeholders involved in the various fields related to the maritime sector in research, training and innovation.

In the current global context (global changes affecting the maritime economy, the opening of the Northwest Passage, liberalization of economic exchanges on a global scale, etc.), transatlantic coordination of scientific cooperation efforts in the service of the maritime economy becomes more necessary than ever.

October 14th 2016 : signature in Québec City of the agreement for the official creation of the IFQM by the Prime Ministers of Québec and France.

December 21st 2016 : nomination of the IFQM steering committee members.

May 8 and 9 2017 : France-Quebec Marine foundation workshop, in Montréal, during which some seventy representatives of research, innovation and governments from France and Québec met to identify the priorities for the IFQM.