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Science at the service of Europe

Activities of international cooperation

Boosting international cooperation

This activity promotes and facilitates the coherent and strategic development of EU International Cooperation policy in research and innovation.

EU funding in 2012
€ 32.94 million

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It mainly contributes to the Europe 2020 "Innovation Union" Flagship Initiative, making the EU more attractive to researchers by offering internationally competitive research careers.

A Communication was adopted in 2012 outlining a strategy to strengthen the EU's excellence and attractiveness in Research and Innovation and its economic and industrial competitiveness. The aim is to tackle global societal challenges and support the EU's external policies through close coordination.

The Strategic Forum for International Cooperation (SFIC) in S&T has continued to work on the three country initiatives: China, India and the US, while a new initiative was launched on cooperation with Brazil. A new cooperation agreement with Algeria was signed. Moldova became an FP7 associated country. An agreement with Switzerland was concluded on its association with the Euratom programme for 2012-2013.

An 'ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012' laid the ground for the next generation of research partnerships with South-East Asia. A workshop on the enlargement countries' capacity in innovation-related activities was also organised as well as a high-level Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation.

The 2012 Work Programme was amended to include support to the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) facility in Jordan through a partnership with CERN.

In 2012 more joint calls between Member States, FP7 Associated Countries and third countries were published (11 up from 8 in 2011) with a related increase in the amount of joint transnational funding mobilised (€34.5 million up from €21 million in 2011).