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International Cooperation in SP "Cooperation"
FP7 is open to the participation of Third Countries, but there are several calls in the Specific Programme "Cooperation" which explicitly demand the participation of specific Third Countries.
These calls request cooperation with partners from Third Countries; in the case of High Income Countries, however, project partners are normally expected to fund their own costs. In exceptional cases, when funding is provided to such partners, this is explicitly stated in the call.
"one or several partners (funded under their national budget) from either Japan, Australia or the US would maximise the impact of the project. …"
"In recognition of the opening of NIH programmes to European researchers, participants established in the United States of America are eligible to participate and to be funded in the context of the topics described in this work programme. …"
These calls focus on projects with research partners from selected Third Countries.
Option 1: The call is targeted at joint research projects with a particular Third Country defined in the call.
Option 2: The call is issued in cooperation with a funding agency in a Third Country. Two research projects have to be defined and applications are sent to both funding agencies (i.e. the European Commission and the funding agency in the Third Country). Project partners have to sign a “coordination agreement“, which regulates the mechanisms of cooperation.
"Proposals which do not include coordination with an Indian project will be considered ineligible. Therefore, the EC proposals must identify and include a detailed explanation of the coordinated Indian proposal submitted in parallel to the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST)."
"To ensure a project implementation that reflects a genuine EU-India cooperation, priority in evaluation will be given to proposals involving properly coordinated research activities between Europe and India in the research plan of the two coordinated projects."
Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICAs)
These calls are targeted at researchers from specific countries stated in the call (usually an emerging or developing country) which are supposed to enter into a research consortium with European partners to launch a joint project. It is stated in the "rules of participation" that consortia should include at least two researchers from EU Member States or Associated Countries and two partners of the countries designated in the call. For big countries such as Brazil, Russia, India or China, research partners may come from the same country, but they should be from different provinces, republics or states.
Twinning calls are initiated by the European Commission in cooperation with a partner institution in the respective Third Country. Proposals are evaluated by both the Commission and the partner institution. Selected projects should focus on networking and knowledge exchange.
List of International Cooperation Partner Countries [en]
Infosheet on Cooperation in FP7 projects with Third Country Participants [en]
List of International RTD Cooperation Agreements [en]
Transatlantic Cooperation in FP7 - A Guide for U.S. Users [en]