18 November 2014
BILAT USA 2.0 EU Info Tour took place in Brussels, Oslo and Berlin
Three parallel info sessions on U.S. funding opportunities for European researchers were organised by the EU-funded BILAT USA 2.0 project (FP7) in Brussels, Oslo and Berlin, on 27-31 October 2014.
The information sessions on open U.S. funding programmes put a special focus on the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the US National Science Foundation (NSF). On the one hand, the events were designed to show open funding sources and on the other hand to debate on the administrative challenges related to U.S. federal research grants application and management.
The workshops were attended by participants coming from across Europe: UK, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic. Several researchers from high-level European and international research organisations and research managers were actively involved in the discussions. Key questions evolved around priority issues that EU researchers should consider, in order to be funded and how to manage the funds successfully. Questions such as “What is different, if we compare it with the EU funds?” were clarified by EU and US experts.
Vivian Holmes, Director of Sponsored Research Operations at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (USA) as well as Patricia Hawk, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Oregon State University (USA) provided the audience with detailed insights into the U.S. funding environment as well as gave hints and practical tips for U.S. grants management.
In addition to the broad U.S. perspective, two European experts were invited to talk about their “best-practices” with U.S. funding: Eva Björndal, Director for Post-Contract Office at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Regina Notz, Senior Manager of EU Grants Access (Switzerland) presented their experiences, challenges and opportunities deriving from U.S. grants, including aspects such as compliance issues, different utilisation of terminology, places to find relevant information etc.
The BILAT USA 2.0 events have reached a large audience, showing the significant demand for detailed and practical information on alternative funding sources to support research and innovation.
More information: BILAT USA 2.0.
For further information please contact Heino NAU, DG RTD
2 October 2014
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn received the Transatlantic Leadership Award
On 29 September, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn delivered the opening speech at the World Ocean Council Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, in New York City. The forum seeks to catalyse ocean business community engagement in the ocean policy, planning efforts that will impact future ocean economic activity.
Topics discussed included the roles of the public and private sectors in developing science-based ocean policy and marine planning activities, to support responsible industry operations.
On 2 October, in Washington DC, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn received the Transatlantic Leadership Award at the European Institute’s 2014 Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner. The award was presented by Mrs Jacqueline Grapin, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the European Institute, recognising the Commissioner’s role in "reviving the transatlantic research and innovation dialogue and the vision with which she has helped shape and secure the European Union’s ambitious research agenda, Horizon 2020".
For further information please contact Wolfgang Wittke, DG RTD, Directorate C
1-2 April 2014
BILAT USA 2.0 Advisory Board and Project Meeting
On 1-2 April, the consortium of the EU funded project BILAT USA 2.0 invited Advisory Board members and European Commission (EC) officials to the project’s interim meeting in the premises of KoWi in Brussels.
The main objectives of the meeting were to provide information on and discuss with Advisory Board Members, the European Commission and project partners the status of on-going and planned activities, and to give an overview of actions the project successfully has managed. Highlights of the meeting were discussions about the larger Innovation Conference, an Industry Workshop in June in the USA and several thematically targeted events.
The consortium agreed on the future BILAT USA 2.0 Innovation Conference, which will most likely take place in Brussels in the fall 2014. The participants discussed the upcoming BILAT USA 2.0 workshop on "Improving the opportunities for EU and US businesses to collaborate in health/e-health Research & Innovation Projects: Exchange of Good Practices", planned to take place in Boston (USA) in June. The project's webinars were highlighted as a significant part of the project's Horizon 2020 Awareness raising activity. Three webinars related to Horizon 2020 have been organized so far, on International Cooperation (focus on US participation), on the European Research Council, and on Transport research. The webinars have been well received both by US research managers and researchers. Future webinars and activities will be announced on the project's website.
For further information please contact Anne Haglund Morrissey, DG RTD, Directorate C
23-24 May 2013
The Atlantic: A Shared Resource
On 23-24 May 2013, the European Commission in cooperation with the Irish Presidency organised a high level transatlantic event - The Atlantic: A Shared Resource - hosted by the Marine Institute, in Galway, Ireland.
The objective of this event was to provide a vision for enhanced cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic and a set of jointly agreed priority actions to provide the means to achieve these goals.
Amongst the participants in this event, there were High Level Political representatives from the North Atlantic Coastal States – European, but also from Canada and the United States - the representatives and guests of the European Commission, leading scientists, representatives from marine and oceanographic institutes, funding agencies, research performing organisations and industry. The United States participated with a broad delegation of scientists and officials, led by Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
The European Union, the United States and Canada signed the "Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation" with the aim of furthering research in the area of the Atlantic Ocean and its interaction with the Arctic. The alliance will build on existing bilateral cooperation agreements and projects with the aim of developing and advancing a shared vision for the Atlantic. For the United States, the Statement was signed by Dr Kerri-Ann Jones.
12 February 2013
EU-U.S. Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
On 12 February, EU and US officials met in Washington to discuss ways to enhance science, technology and innovation cooperation. Both sides are committed to the role science, technology and innovation can play in developing the knowledge and technologies that can foster economic growth, create jobs and help solve shared challenges, such as in health, climate change and food security.
Groups led by the Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Robert-Jan Smits, and Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, explored how to advance cooperation in transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, transport research, health research and materials science.
At the meeting, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation signed an agreement to boost cooperation in transport research. This agreement is designed to foster research into new cross-cutting technologies that will improve our transportation systems and maintain our competitiveness.
The Joint Consultative Group meeting, which takes place under the bilateral agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the United States, addressed the following topics:
- Transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, which impacts our understanding of oceans and how coastal resources are sustainably managed, and the potential for the rapid expansion of joint work on ocean observation and forecasting, including seabed and habitat mapping was discussed.
- Transport research, concentrating on the development of highway infrastructures, road safety, traffic management, freight logistics and other areas.
- Health research, where both sides discussed joining forces to develop new methods to prevent and treat diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and working together to strengthen the scientific capacity in developing regions of the world.
- Materials science, where the two sides discussed already successful work between the EU, the U.S. and Japan in the area of critical raw materials research, and agreed to explore possibilities for collaboration opened up by new U.S. initiatives on advanced materials, particularly in the field of computational modelling.
The EU-US "Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation" was originally signed in 1998 and renewed in 2004. It was renewed for a second time in 2009 for a period ending in October 2013.
As of end 2012, there were 287 US instances of participation with signed grant agreements for cooperation projects under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), with a total EU contribution to US participants of about €51 million. Among the Third Countries (with specific FP7 status), among the total number of signed grant agreements, the US ranks 2nd in terms of FP7 participations, as well as 2nd in terms of FP7 budget share, after the Russian Federation. Project participants from the US (as an industrialised country) do not automatically receive funding from FP7, except under the Health theme of the "Cooperation" Programme.
US participation in FP7 is the most prominent in the themes of Health; Information and Communications Technologies (ICT); Food, Agriculture & Fisheries and Biotechnology (FAB); and Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production Technologies (NMP). 75 % of all Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship holders go to the US, while American researchers account for 14% of Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships.
- In June 2011, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn signed an Implementing Arrangement (under the S&T agreement) for the renewal of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research. The US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack signed for the US side.
- On 29 November 2011 the EU-US Summit created a High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth and endorsed the work of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC). In the margins of the TEC meeting, the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Letter of Intent on the establishment of two e-vehicle–smart grid interoperability centres in the US (Chicago) and in the EU (Ispra).
- On 20 January 2011 the first event of the Destination Europe initiative took place in Boston, supported by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn.
- On 21 May 2012 Commissioner Tajani signed a Letter of Intent on space cooperation with Robert Hormats, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Department of State.
- On 31 May 2012 Director General Ristori of JRC signed an Implementing Arrangement with NOAA Administrator, Jane Lubchenco.
- On 13 July 2012 during the ESOF conference in Dublin, an Implementing Arrangement between ERC and the National Science Foundation (NSF) was signed by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and Director Subra Suresh of NSF.
FP7 funded projects and activities to facilitate EU-US Cooperation:
The BILAT-USA 2 project (2012-2015) is a bilateral coordination activity to enhance and develop science, technology and innovation (STI) partnerships between the European Union and the United States of America. It has three main goals: (1) support the policy dialogue within the framework of the EU-US STI cooperation agreement; (2) enhance the cooperation between research and innovation actors on both sides and spread information on funding possibilities through workshops and events; and (3) analyse the state-of-the-art and the progress of transatlantic science and technology cooperation. In March 2013, the EU-US Joint STI Committee Meeting determined four research areas as priorities for transatlantic cooperation: Marine & Arctic Research, NMP, Health and Transport.
EURAXESS-Links US was launched in 2007 (replacing the ERA-LINK US activity that started in 2005) and is promoting networking activities among European and US researchers.
DG Research and Innovation
Policy Officer - Research and innovation relations with USA and Canada
Unit RTD C2 – North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Telephone: (+32) 229 95335