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 â 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 â¬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-vehicleâsmart 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.