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29 March 2018

9th Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology between the European Union and the United States of Mexico

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Group Photo of the 9th EU - Mexico Joint Steering Committee

The ninth meeting of the EU-Mexico Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological (S&T) Cooperation took place in Mexico City on 22 March 2018. Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions for enhanced cooperation. To this respect , CONACYT-H2020 Co-Funding Mechanism and other forms of support put in place by CONACYT to foster the participation of Mexican entities in Horizon 2020 projects should go forward.

Both sides are committed to reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare. The chairs acknowledged that Horizon 2020 is an important vehicle for EU-Mexico cooperation and underlined the strengthened opportunities for cooperation with Mexican partners in the 2018-2020 work programme.

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16 June 2016

EU- Mexico Joint Committee meeting

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Group Photo of the 8th EU - Mexico Joint Steering Committee

The 8th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 27th May, 2016. Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for researchers from Mexico and the European Union to cooperate with each other on the basis of trust.

In this respect, CONACYT informed about the simplification of the evaluation procedure of the CONACYT-H2020 co-funding mechanism in place and confirmed its commitment to continue funding Mexican institutions and researchers participating in the Horizon2020 calls.

Both parties recognized the importance of reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare.

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7 June 2016

EU and Mexico launch the first joint geothermal research project

European and Mexican researchers will work together on tapping into new sources of geothermal energy in the context of GEMex, an international project that was selected in a joint call launched by the European Union and Mexico.

The EU and Mexico contribute equally to the €20 million project. The EU's share comes from Horizon 2020, its €77 billion research and innovation funding programme (2014 – 2020), and the other from Mexico's Fondo de Sustenibilidad Energética (SENER) - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

GEMex will develop innovative methods for accessing the earth's vast resources of heat now trapped in variable geological formations. The ultimate objective is to make this renewable energy source cost-effective and affordable both for electricity and heat production. The project will adhere to the strictest environmental standards and address issues around social acceptance of the technology.

The three-year project will start in the autumn of 2016. The coordinated call was launched by Secretary Coldwell and Commissioner Moedas during his visit to Mexico in November 2015.

18 January 2016

Information on the fourth Call to be launched by Mexico under the EU-Mexico Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism

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The Conacyt-H2020 co-funding mechanism, in place since 2014, has been the first support scheme put in place by EU international partner countries providing a source of financing "project-by-project participation" to Mexican partners in successful Horizon 2020 projects covering all thematic areas under Horizon 2020.

This complementary funding mechanism has the objective of reinforcing EU-Mexico STI cooperation by increasing the participation of Mexican research institutions and companies in Horizon 2020 to work closely with European partners.

To this end, the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) will publish in March 2015 the fourth call under the co-funding mechanism covering thematic areas, such as renewable energy, health, environment, ICT and climate change among others.

Within the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016/17, published in October 2015, a number of topics specifically encourage cooperation with Mexico.

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