International Cooperation



8 June 2020

EU-Russia Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee met via video conference

The meeting, co-chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, R&I Director for International Cooperation, and Mikhail Romanovsky, Director of the State Scientific and Technological Policy Department of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, highlighted the good level of cooperation between the EU and Russia in research and innovation, and focused on reviewing the implementation of flagship initiatives and joint priority projects, in particular in the fields of research infrastructure, health and civil aeronautics.

The participants were addressed by R&I DG Jean-Eric Paquet, Natalya Bocharova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation. DG Paquet stressed that, with a view to such truly global challenges as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, rarely has there been a moment in our lives in which our societies expect so much from science. He noted how important it was for science to inform the policy responses to global challenges and for science to be open and international.

The participants also discussed other areas of common interest, including COVID-19. They agreed to jointly develop an operational orientation document outlining possible cooperation priorities and instruments that could facilitate cooperation under the future Horizon Europe and the Russian State Programme ‘Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation’.

12 February 2020

EU Ambassador Markus Ederer and Heads of EU Member States Diplomatic Missions visited 'Kurchatov Institute' Research Centre

The programme of the visit included a tour of the research, scientific and technological facilities of the Centre, such as the Tokamak-15MD thermonuclear facility currently under construction. It also included several resource centres of the Kurchatov Complex of NBICS, centre of nano- bio-, info-, cognitive and socio-humanistic sciences and technologies, Nature - Like Technologies, the Kurchatov Synchrotron Neutron Research Complex, and others.

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The European Union and the Russian Federation have a strong history of cooperation in science and technology, based on common interests and mutual benefit.

In 2003, the EU and Russia agreed to reinforce their cooperation in research and development by working towards the creation of a "Common Space in Research and Education, including Cultural Matters" (the so called "4th EU-Russia Common Space") in the framework of the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, and on the basis of common values and shared interests.

Cooperation in research and innovation is also one of the priority areas foreseen in the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernization agreed on at the EU-Russia Summit of June 2010 as a shared agenda to help tackle global economic and societal challenges.

Institutionally, EU-Russia S&T cooperation is coordinated by the Joint S&T Cooperation Committee and several EU-Russia thematic working groups, established under the Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology. The joint working groups, which meet regularly to discuss potential research topics of mutual interest and prepare joint actions, cover the following priority areas of research: aeronautics; energy (nuclear and non-nuclear); environment; food, agriculture and biotechnologies; health; ICT; infrastructures; nanotechnologies and new materials; e-infrastructures; researchers' mobility; Space. All actions agreed by the working groups are set out in a roadmap for action.

The 2011-2013 EU-Russia S&T Cooperation Roadmap provides information on the achievements of ongoing EU-Russian cooperation through both the EU and Russian funding programmes, describes actions which are currently being planned, and sets out potential new actions for strengthening cooperation and building a strategic partnership between the EU and Russia in research and innovation.

One of the most established forms of EU-Russia S&T cooperation is the participation of Russian scientists in the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, where Russia continues to be the most successful international cooperation partner country in terms of the total number of participations in the programme, the total amount of EU financial contribution received and the number of collaborative actions launched. EU researchers, for their part, successfully participate in Russia's Federal Targeted Programmes (FTPs), such as the FTP "R&D in Priority Fields of the S&T Complex of Russia (2007-2013)".

In 2007 a new cooperation mechanism of 'coordinated calls' for co-funded research projects between the EU and Russia was introduced. To date, ten coordinated calls have been completed in such areas as health; food, agriculture and biotechnology; ICT; energy; aeronautics; nanotechnologies; nuclear energy.

EU-Russia S&T cooperation also takes place through other international fora and large-scale research infrastructures, for example the EU X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR); the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). Russia and the EU also collaborate within the framework of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on global research infrastructures, composed of representatives of the G8+O5 countries.

The strength of the EU-Russia relationship in S&T is demonstrated by the popularity of EU researchers' mobility programmes, such as the Marie Curie Actions (under the EU Framework Programme), TEMPUS (promotion of higher education development in Russia), and Erasmus Mundus (establishment of partnership networks between European and non-European universities elaborating joint Master programmes). These initiatives serve as an important tool of Russia's integration into the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area.

A review of EU-Russia cooperation in the field of research, assessing in particular the implementation and impact of the S&T Cooperation Agreement concluded between the European Community and the Russian Federation ("EU-Russia S&T Agreement") was performed between November 21, 2012 and March 31, 2013.The review was performed by a joint EU-Russia group of independent experts with two members (Päivi Karhunen and Uwe Meyer) appointed by the European Commission, and two members (Pavel Kadochnikov and Vladimir Popov) appointed by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science (RMES).
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ERA.Net RUS Plus (2013-2018)

The ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative aims at enhancing the coordination of research programmes between the EU Member States (MS)/Associated Countries (AC) and Russia. The project will implement Joint Calls for excellent transnational research projects in the fields of NMP, Health, Environment, SSH and Innovation.
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BILAT RUS Advanced (2012-2015)

Enhancing the bilateral S&T Partnership with the Russian Federation (BILAT-RUS-Advanced) project aims to facilitate the science - technology and innovation cooperation between Russia and the EU.

The web portal offers information about the Russian S&T landscape and funding opportunities from the EU and Russia for the implementation of joint scientific activities.
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EURUCAS (2012-2015)

The EURUCAS project supports the internationalisation of the joint Norwegian-Russian Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in St. Petersburg with additional partners from Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Finland and the UK.
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Framework documents

  • Agreement  PDF icon 513 KB
  • Renewal  PDF icon 137 KB
  • Agreement for cooperation  PDF icon 196 KB between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of controlled nuclear fusion (2001)
  • Agreement for cooperation  PDF icon 197 KB between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear safety (2001)

Background documents


European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Richard Burger
R&I Relations with Russia
Deputy Head of Unit RTD H1 – International Cooperation I: Europe, Americas, Pacific and thematic coherence
Tel. (+32) 229 99507
Richard Burger