Policy background

The Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) was established in 2010 with the aim of enhancing EU-CELAC cooperation on science and research. It facilitates bi-regional dialogue on common priorities, encouraging mutual policy learning and ensuring cooperation through biannual action plans. 

Senior Officials Meetings (SOMs) are convened regularly to discuss the cooperation in the JIRI, alternating between Europe and the CELAC region. These meetings report back to the political SOMs which are organised and co-chaired by the European External Action Service and take place more frequently.

6 working groups in the JIRI discuss and make suggestions for joint actions

  1. bioeconomy including food security, co-chaired by Argentina and France
  2. renewable energies, co-chaired by Mexico and Spain
  3. biodiversity and climate change, co-chaired by Colombia and France
  4. ICT for meeting societal challenges, co-chaired by Chile and France
  5. health, co-chaired by Spain and Brazil
  6. cross-cutting group on instruments and funding, co-chaired by Portugal and Mexico

Main achievements of the JIRI

  • a consolidated science and technology bi-regional dialogue on all these issues through the working groups mentioned above, which identify concrete areas for thematic cooperation
  • ERANet-LAC was active from 2013 to 2017. It brought together 17 funding agencies from 16 countries in Europe and CELAC. 

The EU also has formal science and technology cooperation agreements with 4 countries in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.


Horizon 2020 is open to the world. This means that participants from all over the world can participate in most calls. In many cases, the EU will fund at least partly the participation of the international partners.

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

EU-funded projects involving a CELAC partner

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.

Examples of research projects with CELAC region countries

ALCUE NET (2012-2017) was the Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on research and innovation to establish an EU-LAC platform bringing together actors involved in orientation, funding and implementation, as well as other relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector and civil society.

ERANet-LAC (2013-2017) helped foster bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation through concrete joint activities and creating a sustainable framework for future bi-regional joint activities with both European and Latin- American Caribbean research and innovation funding agencies and programme owners.

EU-LAC Health (2011-2017) was a project to develop a common roadmap to enhance and coordinate the bi-regional collaboration between EU and Latin America and the Caribbean countries in the area of health research.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation



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