Policy background

With extensive autonomy under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands decided not to become a part of the European Communities when Denmark joined in 1973. Thus, the Treaties do not apply to the Faroe Islands and formal relations between the European Union (EU) and the Faroe Islands are based on three separate bilateral agreements dealing with fisheries, trade in goods and scientific and technological cooperation.

The Faroe Islands became formally associated to FP7 in 2010. Currently, formal relations in the area of scientific and technological cooperation between the EU and the Faroe Islands are based on the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, associating the Faroe Islands to Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020). The agreement associates the Faroe Islands to Horizon 2020. It was signed on 17 December 2014 and constitutes a major pillar of bilateral relations between the Faroe Islands and the EU.

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to the Faroe Islands.

EU funded projects

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving Faroe Islands.

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • PrimeFish (2015-2019) analyses the European seafood market in general and specific seafood supply-chains with the overall aim to enhance the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The Faroese participant is Syntesa.
  • MACRO CASCADE (2016-2020) is an industry-driven project including the Faroese partner Ocean Rainforest. It works towards the vision of a production platform that covers the entire technological chain for processing sustainable cultivated seaweed into highly processed value added products.


National Contact Points

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

European Commission

Joel Le Deroff
Policy Officer
DG Research and Innovation, Unit R&I 05 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 52489 | email: Joel.LE-DEROFF@ec.europa.eu