CONACYT announces its commitment to finance Mexican institutions and researchers participating in Horizon 2020 calls.
Aiming to encourage the participation of Mexican entities in the Horizon 2020 Program and in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the European Union and Mexico in Science, Technology and Innovation, the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) launched the ”CONACYT- H2020 call” on February 25th. This new mechanism will fund the participation of Mexican researchers in all areas of Horizon 2020.
Mexican entities aiming to participate in a European consortium may apply to Conacyt for financial support. Conacyt will review the Mexican application and, if they approve it, will guarantee the financing of the Mexican partner, should the proposal subsequently be selected by the EU.
The CONACYT-Horizon 2020 Call can be consulted at the official website of Conacyt. Deadlines of every call of H2020 and other supporting documents are available on the site.
Bilateral relations between the EU and Mexico are governed by the Economic Partnership, Political Co-operation and Co-operation Agreement (a.k.a. the Global Agreement signed in Brussels on 8 December 1997 and entered into force on 1st October 2000).
At the fifth EU-Mexico summit held on 16 May 2010 a Strategic Partnership between Mexico and the EU was agreed by the parties, reflecting the readiness of both players to strengthen coordination on matters of global importance and further intensify their political, economic and cooperation links.
Signed on 03/02/2004 the Bilateral Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States, came into force on 13/06/2005. It was renewed for another five years in 2010. The science, technology and innovation cooperation is to be seen in the context of the broader EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership agreed in 2009. The objective of the S&T Agreement is to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperative activities in areas of common interest by carrying out and supporting scientific and technological research and development activities. The Joint Steering Committee Meetings (JSCM) are normally held once a year. The participants are the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) from the Mexican side, and from the EU side, Directorate General for Research and Innovation.
The main areas of cooperation are: environment; information and communication technologies; food, agriculture, fisheries, and biotechnology; health; nano-technologies, transport materials and new production technologies; energy; social sciences as well as infrastructures.
Mexico ranks twelfth among the International Partner Countries in terms of participation in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
As with all our major partner countries, the dual approach was used over the lifetime of FP7 to stimulate international participation of Mexican entities in FP7. This is characterised by:
- the openness of FP7, where bottom up participation of Mexican public and private research performing organisations is promoted;
- targeted actions, through which cooperation on particular pre-selected topics are stimulated.
The instruments for the targeted actions included coordinated calls as well as Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICAs). There are in total 85 research projects with some 101 Mexican participations, and the EU contribution to the Mexican partners is approximately €11 million.
- The VI Mexico-EU Summit was held on 17 June 2012 in Los Cabos. The Leaders "... recognized the importance of the bilateral dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation which has reached its 5th edition. They decided to continue harnessing the opportunities that the European Union offers in the field of research and development within the Framework Program and greater diffusion of the communication channels and the links between Mexico and the EU under the new Horizon 2020, especially those concerning research and innovation for the best use of the respective infrastructures of research and the joint creation of innovative products in fields such as the fight against climate change, food security and energy production, among others."
- DG Education and Culture and the Ministry of Public Education of the United Mexican States are responsible for the policy dialogue on education. In October 2009, the Council approved a strategic partnership with Mexico, following the Communication on an EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership of July 2008. A Joint Executive Plan was consequently adopted at the EU-Mexico Summit of 16 May 2010 which underlines, inter alia, the importance of cooperation on education between the EU and Mexico. Stress is notably laid on academic cooperation and mobility. A Joint Declaration to enhance cooperation and dialogue on Education and Training was signed in June 2009. The Joint Declaration establishes the basis for regular exchanges of best practice on issues such as the efficiency and equity of education systems and the internationalisation and modernisation of higher education and training systems. A first EU-Mexico Higher Education Conference was held on 20-22 September 2010 which was followed up at political level by a Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Mexico City on 23 November 2010. At the meeting, parties agreed to carry out joint activities to further facilitate mobility and academic cooperation between the EU and Mexico. A joint EU–Mexico study on internationalization and transparency tools has been finalised in October 2012.
The BILAT UEMEXCyT II project supported the bilateral policy dialogue initiated by the S&T Agreement's Joint Steering Committee. It also combined to improve the channels of communication and partnership between Mexico and EU Member States. This project came to an end in 2012. The evaluations of proposals of the call 2 "Bilat Mexico" took place in March 2013 and information on the successful project will be made available shortly.
Mexico is a partner of the INCO-Net project ENLACE - Enhancing Scientific Cooperation between the European Union and Central America. The Coordinator is APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Italy). The European countries involved are: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Partners from Latin America include: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. The Mexican counterpart is Ecosur – El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
Mexico is a partner of the INCO-Net project ALCUENET - Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation - which runs from 2012 to 2016. The Coordinator is the Ministry of Science and Technology (Argentina). The European countries involved are: Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Portugal and Norway. Partners from Latin America include: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Uruguay. The Mexican counterpart is the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).
DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego MOFFRE
Senior Policy Officer
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 52611
Luis Samaniego Moffre