EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation

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EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation

Brussels, 17 October 2016

European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation programme. This is thanks to an agreement concluded today between the European Commission and the US Government.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Bright ideas should know no boundaries, so European research and innovation is open to the world for collaboration. This agreement means that the best talent on both sides of the Atlantic will be able to work even closer together on tackling the global challenges that our societies are facing."

The agreement, called Implementing Arrangement PDF icon, facilitates cooperation between US organisations and Horizon 2020 participants in cases where the US organisations are funded by the US and do not receive any funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. It simplifies cooperation between a selected Horizon 2020 project and a US entity by enabling researchers to organise their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement signed for each project, in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programmes.

The agreement was signed today by Commissioner Moedas and Anthony L. Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU. It is another key step in support of the Commission's policy of making European research and innovation Open to the World.


With a budget of €77 billion for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 is one of the largest multinational programmes dedicated to research and innovation. Research and innovation cooperation between the EU and the US is governed by the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which entered into force in 1998. On 18 June 2014 the EU-US S&T cooperation agreement was renewed for an additional five years with retroactive effect and is now valid until 14 October 2018.

The aim of the agreement signed today is to enable US researchers to cooperate with Horizon 2020 projects outside the framework of the grant agreement, and to increase cooperation in research projects.

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