International research co-operation is essential to tackle global problems and is at the heart of the treaty establishing Community research effort. Working together in large-scale multinational partnerships helps focus research, allowing the speedier closure of knowledge gaps and earlier exploitation of promising results.
The Commission has opened up new opportunities through its international co-operation policy for developing countries, Mediterranean countries and the Newly Independent States as well as through bilateral science and technology agreements with countries such as Argentina, Chile, China, Russia and the USA. And the EU plays an important role in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative with Norway, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Australia and Korea.
Research on novel and improved materials for water technologies 11/12/2009
One of the major challenges of our future is the provision of safe drinking water for a growing population. The shortages in water resources will require the availability of more efficient and cheap materials and industrial technologies.
EU – Mexico coordinated call on the topic "Adding Value to Mining at the Nanostructure level" 12/11/2009
In order to support the preparation of proposals, the FP7 theme NMP and CONACYT held a Joint Information Day in Monterrey, Mexico on 14 October 2009.
Presentations made during the brokerage event can be downloaded here.
JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) call for proposals to stimulate and fund the participation of Japanese researchers in the 7th research framework programme 16/09/2009
JST has launched a call for proposals for researchers in Japan involved in EU research consortia under 11 topics (see below) under “Environment (including Climate Change)", "Biotechnologies, Food and Agriculture", and "Industrial Technologies" of the 7th EU Research Framework programme (FP7).
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