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International Research Cooperation
The EU Framework Programme is one of the largest programmes of research funding throughout the world. Opportunities for worldwide research cooperation have received considerable increase in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Thus, research partners from the EU and Associated Countries can carry out research projects with researchers from Third Countries.
The EU has signed bilateral S&T agreements with selected Third Countries. The agreements are based on the principles of reciprocity in access to research activities, the fostering of information exchange on a regular basis and the mutual protection of intellectual property rights.
The Specific Programmes of the EU Framework Programme contain several specific funding schemes and different financial funding models for international research cooperation.
The EU distinguishes between Associated Countries, International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) and 'High Income Countries'. more »
Funding instruments for international research cooperation
- International Cooperation in SP "Cooperation" more »
- International Cooperation in SP "Capacities" more »
- International Cooperation in SP "People" and "Ideas" more »
Expert Group Report: International Cooperation in Science Technology and Innovation: Strategies for a Changing World [en]
ERA Guidelines on Intellectual Property (IP) Management in International Research Collaboration between European and Non-European Partners [en]
KoWi Thema: The international dimension of the 7. EU framework programme [de]
List of International RTD Cooperation Agreements [en]
List of International Cooperation Partner Countries [en]
Flyer: How to apply for an FP7 project from a Third Country [en]
Infosheet on Cooperation in FP7 projects with Third Country Participants [en]
Restrictive measures (sanctions) in force [en]
Transatlantic Cooperation in FP7 - A Guide for U.S. Users [en]
Communication from the Commission: A Strategic European Framework for International S&T Cooperation [en]
International Cooperation Activities of the FP7 Capacities Programme - Interim Evaluation Report [en]