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USA Initiative

In October 2009 SFIC agreed to develop an initiative amongst industrialised countries with the USA as a pilot. Information on bilateral S&T cooperation was collected from all partners via a questionnaire. Based on this survey SFIC identified four issues in which a joint EU/ MS initiative would create added value:

  • Mutual opening of programmes and intensifying programmatic cooperation as a key objective. This is particularly relevant in energy research in which the EU/ US Energy Council identified this as a priority. It is closely linked to the Innovation Union flagship initiative's commitment 31 to contribute to the establishment of a level playing field with third countries.
  • Raising the attractiveness of Europe's research landscape in the USA and achieving more balanced transatlantic mobility and knowledge flows is an interest of common concern of Member States and the EU where a joint approach will raise visibility and competitiveness of Europe's research.
  • Establishing a transatlantic space of open innovation is closely linked to the two issues above meaning barrier-free mutual access to knowledge, to support schemes for start-up firms and entrepreneurs, to venture capital, to high tech clusters and incubators on both sides.
  • Developing strategic intelligence: The US is both, a partner of cooperation and a competitor in the global contest for talents and ideas; analysis of the US ST&I profile and of US cooperation patterns with global partners (like China) will improve the EU's activities vis à vis third countries.


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