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In a rapidly evolving global context, stepping up the cooperation between the Union and its international partners will contribute to Europe's research excellence and economic competitiveness, to tackling societal challenges - which are increasingly global in nature - and to supporting the Union's external relations.

Horizon 2020, Open to the World

Horizon 2020 is open to participation from across the world, meaning that (except where this is explicitly excluded) European researchers can cooperate with their counterparts in third countries on any topic of their choice. This does not automatically imply that entities from third countries are eligible for funding under the Union budget. In addition, in all of the relevant parts of Horizon 2020, topics have been flagged as being particularly suitable for international cooperation and consortia are encouraged to include third country partners. To check whether an entity from a particular third country is eligible for funding from Horizon 2020, please check the Annex on General Conditions of the Horizon 2020 work programme PDF icon and the relevant guidelines. In this context, further information on the status of entities from potential Associated Countries during the first year of implementation of Horizon 2020 can be found here PDF icon.

In addition, in all of the relevant parts of Horizon 2020, topics have been flagged as being particularly suitable for international cooperation. In these cases, the area selected for cooperation is specified upfront and consortia are encouraged to include third country partners (in many cases particular countries or regions are targeted) in their consortia. The list of flagged international cooperation topics can be found in the Topics page for international cooperation.