Policy background

The EU maintains a long-standing relationship with the Pacific. It aims to enhance its profile and reinforce cooperation in science technology and innovation with the region and promote the development of mutually beneficial partnerships.

Policy goals

  • improving relationships with Australia and New Zealand, as well as developing a regional approach and dimension for research and innovation with the Pacific Islands
  • supporting the institutional policy dialogue under the bilateral science and technology agreements, signed by countries such as Australia and New Zealand
  • promoting bilateral cooperation between research and innovation actors and monitoring progress in the bilateral science and technology cooperation
  • promoting synergies between EU policies and programmes addressing targeted countries in the Pacific and facilitating the coordination of research projects and initiatives supported by EU programmes and by EU countries and/or associated countries.


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

EU-funded research projects involving the Pacific

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

Example of research cooperation projects

  • Pace-net plus (2013-2016) a Coordination and Support Action supporting the EU-Pacific policy dialogue, reinforce cooperation in health, demographic change and wellbeing, food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bioeconomy, climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials.
  • MESOPP (2016-2019) enhanced cooperation between Europe and Australia by developing research e-infrastructures linked to ocean ecosystem 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