International Cooperation

A cornerstone of the strategy is the development of multi-annual roadmaps for cooperation with key partner countries and regions. These roadmaps will provide information on the areas and partners identified for international cooperation and will therefore offer a clear programme for enhancing and focusing cooperation. They will be developed as part of the preparation for Horizon 2020.
The identification of areas for international cooperation will use the societal challenges and enabling and industrial technologies of the Horizon 2020 proposals as its starting point. The identification will be guided by making an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Union versus the rest of the world using the following set of criteria:
  • Research and innovation capacity (investment, output, human resources, infrastructure);
  • Opportunities for and risks of getting access to new markets;
  • Contribution made to meeting the Union's international commitments (e.g. Millennium Development Goals);
  • Framework in place to engage in cooperation, including lessons learnt from previous cooperation
A differentiation of activities by country and/or region will help provide further focus to the activities. In this respect, the following groupings will be considered:
  • EFTA countries, enlargement countries and countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy: where the focus will be on fostering the integration of these countries - of their alignment with - the European Research Area; these countries will be eligible for association to Horizon 2020;
  • Industrialised countries and emerging economies: where the focus will be strongly on competitiveness and tackling global challenges;
  • Developing countries: where the focus will be to assist these countries in their socio-economic development