International Cooperation

The Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreements will be important vehicles for defining and implementing the roadmaps, as will the policy dialogues which have been established at the regional level.

Horizon 2020 will be the main vehicle for implementing the Union's international cooperation actions, for instance through the following instruments:
  • Research and innovation projects, where the participation of third country entities is required or preferentially evaluated;
  • Networking between projects or project managers;
  • Joint initiatives involving the Union and the international partners, such as joint calls, coordinated calls, contributions from the Union to funding programmes of third countries or international organisations, specific initiatives requiring joint funding from the Union, the third country and the Member States
The implementation of the strategy will be closely coordinated with the instruments of the Union's external policies, such as the Instrument for Pre-Accession, the Development Cooperation Instrument, the European Development Fund or the Partnership Instrument.