Internationale Kooperation: Aktuelles
Informationen zum BREXIT und zur aktuellen rechtlichen Situation für die Beteiligung von Projektpartnern aus dem Vereinigten Königreich (UK) an EU-Projekten in Horizon 2020 finden Sie hier:
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UK White Paper on Brexit: Research is among envisaged future areas of cooperation
On 12 July 2018, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) published a White Paper on "The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union". The paper was presented to the UK Parliamanet by Prime Minister May and is a proposal forming the basis of the next and final phase of Brexit negotiations.
The White Paper indicates areas of which the UK Government believes that they should be included in the future relationship with the European Union, as they "are still of vital importance to the UK and the EU". These areas include, amongst others, "establishing cooperative accords for science and innovation, culture and education, development and international action, defence research and development, and space, so that the UK and the EU can continue to work together in these areas, including through EU programmes, with the UK making an appropriate financial contribution".
Download the UK White Paper here.
The Library of the Council of the European Union has published a special issue of its monthly Think Tank Review, focusing on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit)
The review consists of a vast compilation of articles and studies included in issues of the Think Tank Review since April 2017. Amongst other issues, the topics covered include a closer look at Germany's position on Brexit, the changing balance of power in the EU after the Brexit referendum, the EU budget post-Brexit, an assessment of the economic impact of Brexit on the EU27, the implications of Brexit for energy and climate change, the impact of Brexit on EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU27, Brexit scenarios, the transition period, a post-Brexit partnership in research and higher education, and many more.
The Review can be downloaded here.
New mechanisms to support EU – Brazil cooperation in research and innovation
The European Commission, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Brazilian Funding Agency for Studies and Projects and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies signed today an administrative arrangement on mechanisms to support EU-Brazil cooperation activities in research and innovation.
The administrative arrangement makes it possible for co-funding of Brazilian participation in Horizon 2020 –the EU's framework programme for Research and Innovation–, extending to the entire country the current co-funding that was only available in eight Brazilian States. It also outlines the necessary operational steps for launching coordinated calls and for twinning of projects in areas of common interest.
In force since 2007, the EU and Brazil Science & Technology Agreement has led to intensive collaboration activities in research and innovation with more than 350 common projects. Main areas for cooperation include marine research, information and communication technologies, health, transport and environmental research.
New call published for 2018 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation
On 26 March 2018 the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published a new call for proposals under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM). The call seeks applications by China-based partners in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 proposals. Two groups of Horizon 2020 topics are specifically targeted: 1) topics linked to the joint flagship initiatives on food, agriculture and biotechnologies (FAB), sustainable urbanisation and surface transport, for which 4-5 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY60 million; and 2) topics addressing nine broad areas of new generation information network; intelligent and green manufacturing; safe, clean and efficient energy; advanced, effective, safe and convenient health technologies; marine equipment; space; new materials; large research infrastructures; and public security. For this second group of topics around 15 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY50 million. Applications are to be submitted in two stages. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 15 May 2018.
In the context of two other EU-China flagship initiatives on biotechnologies for health and environment and aviation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) already published their respective calls on "new biotechnologies for environmental remediation" and "aviation operations impact on climate change". With these three calls, the five EU-China flagship initiatives are now all supported on the Chinese side with co-funding available from MOST, NSFC and MIIT.
New Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes
Access to R&D funding programmes is a fundamental framework condition for innovation. China is currently undergoing an ambitious reform of its national funding system for science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as its institutional setup. As part of the EU-funded project Advance EU Access to Financial Incentives for Innovation in China a new Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes has been published. The Guide provides an overview of the current status and opportunities provided by newly-reformed Chinese national funding programmes for science, technology and innovation. The project has been initiated by the European Commission as part of a monitoring of the EU-China Joint Roadmap on Ensuring Reciprocal Access to Respective Research and Innovation Funding.
More information: Full Report
New co-funding mechanism call published by Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the second call for proposals for year 2017 under the Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Collaboration Key Project of China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP). With the deadline for submission of proposals on 9 February 2018, the call targets China-based partners in projects submitted under Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 in the areas of agriculture (including food), biotechnologies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), space, aviation, energy, health, transport, water resources, energy conservation and emission reduction, advanced manufacturing, new materials, and sustainable urbanisation. CNY200 Million is allocated for this call to support 40 to 60 projects. Chinese applicants are encouraged to contact MOST to seek support for their participation in Horizon 2020.
Horizon 2020 WP 2018-2020: what's in it for EU-China Cooperation
24 new topics with a total budget of over 100 million euro will promote research and innovation cooperation with China in the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020. 11 topics are directly linked to the joint flagship initiatives agreed at the 3rd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue of June 2017 (ICD-3). Flagship initiatives cover the areas of food, agriculture and bioeconomy, environment and sustainable urbanisation, surface transport, safer and greener aviation, and biotechnologies for environment and human health. Several other topics will encourage Chinese participation on a bilateral or multilateral basis.
Substantial, balanced and coordinated cooperation with China will be promoted with funding from Horizon 2020 and from China. At ICD-3 the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) agreed to renew the general China-EU co-funding mechanism on research and innovation (CFM) for the period 2018-2020 to support flagship initiatives and other Horizon 2020 topics. Co-funding will also be provided by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for selected aviation related topics, and by the Natural Science Foundation of China for selected biotechnology related topics.
Horizon 2020 | New international cooperation roadmaps
Fostering international cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) is a strategic priority for the European Union. It allows to access the latest knowledge and the best talent worldwide, to tackle global societal challenges more effectively, to create business opportunities in new and emerging markets and to use science diplomacy as an influential instrument of external policy.
A cornerstone of the EU's strategy for International Cooperation in R&I is the development of multi-annual roadmaps for cooperation with key partner countries and regions. These roadmaps provide information on the areas and partners identified for international cooperation and offer a clear programme for enhancing and focusing cooperation.
The 2017 roadmaps have been published today, reflecting the latest policy dialogues kept with each country or region and the new opportunities for cooperation under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, that was launched today.
The Work Programme of Horizon 2020 for 2018-2020 aims to boost market-creating innovation. It also seeks greater impact by focusing on fewer topics and helping address the concerns of Europeans regarding security, migration, the environment and economic well-being. The new Work Programme strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.
More information: International Cooperation Roadmaps
Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2018-2020 published | Enhancing international cooperation
The new Work Programmes 2018-2020 will strengthen international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.
European Commission Press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4122_en.htm
Nähere Informationen bald dazu unter: https://www.ffg.at/ausschreibungen/H2020_internationale-kooperation
News for British applicants to Horizon 2020
For British applicants: Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to fully participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions.
Please be aware however that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement.
Second Call for Proposals published for the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM)
On 19 January 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the second call for proposals for the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM).
The call covers the areas of agriculture including food, biotechnologies, Information and Communication Technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transport, water resources, energy conservation and emission reduction, advanced manufacturing, new materials, and sustainable urbanisation.
40 to 60 projects (project duration of 2 to 3 years) will be funded with a budget of CNY 200 million. Chinese partners in Horizon 2020 proposal consortia under Work Programme 2016/2017 can apply. The deadline is 6 March 2017.
The call is published as an integral part of the call for the Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Collaboration Key Project under China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP).
EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism
- MOST call (Chinese version)
- MOST call (English translation)
- People's Republic of China - Country Page
- Q&A on EU-China Co-funding Mechanisms
Horizon 2020 EU-US agreement: frequently asked questions
The European Commission and the Government of the United States of America concluded on 17 October 2016 an Implementing Arrangement that simplifies the cooperation between Horizon 2020 projects and US entities. A document containing a list of frequently asked questions for this type of cooperation is now available.
Switzerland to be fully associated to Horizon 2020 as of January 2017
On Friday 16 December, the Swiss Federal Council ratified the Protocol on the extension to Croatia of the Free Movement of Persons Agreement between the EU and Switzerland. This means that in accordance with Article 13(6) of the Agreement associating Switzerland to Horizon 2020 ('the Agreement'), as of 1 January 2017 the Agreement continues to apply and will be expanded to cover the whole of Horizon 2020.
The European Commission gave a positive assessment of the Swiss law implementing the referendum on mass immigration of 9 February 2014 as approved by the Swiss parliament. The law is a result of a referendum in which Swiss voters narrowly voted in favour of quotas limiting number of migrants from the EU in February 2014. Since the referendum, Switzerland has only been associated to parts of Horizon 2020.
In practical terms this means that for all Horizon 2020 projects signed as from 1 January the Swiss participants are automatically eligible for funding and may count towards the minimum number of participants required for a project. The status of Swiss legal entities in all on-going projects, for which the GAs have already been signed before 1 January 2017 remains unchanged.
EC information note on Swiss participation in Horizon 2020
New opportunities for Brazilian and Canadian researchers to join ERC teams
The European Commission signed in October 2016 agreements that will further enhance cooperation between the EU & Brazil and Canada in research & innovation.
- ERC press releases
- EU research and inovation cooperation
EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation
European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation programme. This is thanks to an agreement concluded on the 17 of October between the European Commission and the US Government.
The agreement facilitates cooperation between US organisations and Horizon 2020 participants in cases where the US organisations are funded by the US and do not receive any funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. It simplifies cooperation between a selected Horizon 2020 project and a US entity by enabling researchers to organise their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement signed for each project, in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programmes.
Info Website der Europäischen Kommission zur EU-USA FTI Kooperation
Zweiter Fortschrittsbericht zur Implementierung der EU Strategie für internationale Kooperation
Die Europäische Kommission hat am 13. Oktober 2016 den zweiten Fortschrittsbericht zur Umsetzung ihrer Strategie zur internationalen Kooperation in Forschung und Innovation veröffentlicht. Die Strategie selbst wurde 2012 in Form einer Mitteilung veröffentlicht; der erste Fortschrittsbericht erschien in 2014.
Der Bericht zeigt, dass die Beteiligung von Drittstatten an Horizon 2020 gegenüber dem Vorgängerprogramm FP7 um etwa die Hälfte gesunken ist. Dies ist in erster Linie darauf zurückzuführen, dass die wirtschaftlich aufsteigenden Staaten China, Brasilien, Mexiko, Indien und Russland, anders als noch in FP7, im Regelfall automatisch keine Fördermittel mehr aus dem Forschungsrahmenprogramm erhalten. Die Europäische Kommission versucht dieser Entwicklung entgegenzuwirken, indem sie einerseits sogenannte Ko-Finanzierungsmechanismen mit einigen Drittstaaten aushandelt, andererseits in den Topic-Ausschreibungen Organisationen aus bestimmten Staaten explizit als erwünschte Partner nennt oder die gegenseitige Öffnung (Reciprocity Agreements) der Forschungsförderprogramme vereinbart (z. B. in der Societal Challenge „Gesundheit“ mit den National Institutes of Health in den USA). Darüber hinaus soll die internationale Zusammenarbeit durch das Engagement der EU in weltweiten/globalen wissenschaftlichen Initiativen wie dem Belmont-Forum, das sich mit Umweltveränderungen befasst, gestärkt werden.
Als weitere wichtige Möglichkeit der internationalen Vernetzung wird die Kooperation mit den EU-Mitgliedsstaaten in den Gemeinsamen Programmen nach Artikel 185 AEUV oder den Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) genannt. Zusätzlich sollen die Synergien zwischen der internationalen Kooperation und EU-Außenpolitik verbessert werden.
Ko-Finanzierungsmechanismen, also die Möglichkeit, dass Projektpartner aus in Horizon 2020 nicht automatisch förderfähigen Drittstaaten Forschungsfördermittel in ihrem jeweiligen Heimatland beantragen, existieren derzeit (in unterschiedlichem Umfang) mit Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong & Macao, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, USA. Die Kommission plant nach Möglichkeit Vereinbarungen mit weiteren Staaten zu treffen.
Der zweite Fortschrittsbericht wird von länderspezifischen Roadmaps zur internationalen Kooperation begleitet. Die Roadmaps zeigen den jeweiligen Stand der Kooperation sowie zukünftige Prioritäten in der Forschungs- und Innovationszusammenarbeit für einzelne Drittstaaten und Regionen auf.
2nd Implemenation Report
Fact Sheet: 2nd Implementation Report
1st Meeting of the EU – Iran Working Group on Science, Research, Technology and Innovation
During the April 2016 EU mission to Iran, led by HR/VP Mogherini, to which Commissioner Moedas participated, a Joint Statement in Science, Research, Technology and Innovation was endorsed. The Joint Statement foresees the establishment of a Working Group which aims at creating an official platform to exchange and cooperate on issues of common interest and paving the ground for strengthening and improving the cooperation in science, technology, research and innovation between Iran and EU.
Joint statement on Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation
Armenia joins Horizon 2020 to work with EU in research and innovation
The agreement associating Armenia to Horizon 2020 was signed today by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Levon Mkrtchyan, Armenian Minister for Education and Science.
Armenia has until now been able to participate in Horizon 2020 only as a third country. This means its entities have not counted towards the minimum number of participants required for a project, and have not had access to some important parts of the programme such as support to innovative businesses. Its representatives have not had access to key policy bodies.
Thanks to this agreement, its research institutes, universities and individual researchers will now have access to all opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 in diverse areas, from fundamental science to demonstration projects, on an equal footing with researchers and organisations from EU Member States and other countries associated to the programme. Armenian SMEs and businesses will also be able to benefit from increased support to develop new ideas and bring products and services to the market.
In the Seventh Framework Programme (2017-13), which preceded Horizon 2020, Armenian organisations participated in 35 signed projects. In Horizon 2020, they are already participating in five projects.
European Commission - Press release
Georgia joins Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Programme
The agreement associating Georgia to Horizon 2020 was signed today by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Tamar Sanikidze, Georgian Minister for Education and Science.
Researchers and innovators from Georgia will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other associated countries. Georgian research institutes, universities, individual researchers, SMEs and businesses will now have access to all opportunities offered by Horizon 2020.
The Agreement allows for Georgia's enhanced cooperation with the EU in research and innovation, which are vital for successful and modern economies. It shows the commitment of the Union to develop the scientific and innovation capacity of its neighbours in the Eastern European Partnership. And it also represents another step towards reaching the EU goal of opening research and innovation to the world.
European Commission - Press release
Ukraine joins Horizon 2020 to work with EU in science and research
Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. This is thanks to the Agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020, signed today in Kyiv by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.
European Commission - Press release
Update on the EU-China Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism
The first call on the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism published by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on 16 December 2015 is up and running.
With a budget of 200 million RMB or 28 million euro MOST will support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in Horizon 2020 projects, which opens the door to a more substantial and balanced EU-China cooperation under Horizon 2020.
Interested China-based organisations which are partners in Horizon 2020 proposals can apply to MOST with two deadlines: 31 March and 31 July 2016. Please check MOST call for eligibility and other information in the links at the bottom of this message.
This first call covers a variety of thematic areas including food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, and exchanges of young scientists.
While the Co-Funding Mechanism is open to a wide variety of areas, certain topics within the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016/17 specifically target cooperation with China.
To note in particular the following topics with deadlines already in spring 2016:
The full list of topics targeting China in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/17 is provided here.
The EU-China CFM is the last of a series of support schemes put in place by EU international partner countries to enable a stronger and more balanced collaboration between their universities, research institutes and enterprises with European ones under Horizon 2020.
More information on the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism
Information on the fourth Call to be launched by Mexico under the EU-Mexico Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism
The Conacyt-H2020 co-funding mechanism, in place since 2014, has been the first support scheme put in place by EU international partner countries providing a source of financing "project-by-project participation" to Mexican partners in successful Horizon 2020 projects covering all thematic areas under Horizon 2020.
This complementary funding mechanism has the objective of reinforcing EU-Mexico STI cooperation by increasing the participation of Mexican research institutions and companies in Horizon 2020 to work closely with European partners.
To this end, the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) will publish in March 2015 the fourth call under the co-funding mechanism covering thematic areas, such as renewable energy, health, environment, ICT and climate change among others.
Within the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016/17, published in October 2015, a number of topics specifically encourage cooperation with Mexico (see list here).
More information on the EU-Mexico Co-funding Mechanism
Tunisia joins Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Programme
Researchers and innovators from Tunisia will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other 13 associated countries. The agreement associating Tunisia to Horizon 2020 was signed today by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Chiheb Bouden, Tunisian Minister for High Education and Scientific Research.
Commissioner Moedas said: "I am pleased to welcome Tunisia into Horizon 2020, the biggest programme for research and innovation of the world. This agreement is a historical one. It shows that through research and innovation, the EU is supporting the young Tunisian democracy and helping to invest in knowledge as a foundation of future development. Tunisia's accession also shows how a research policy open to the world can bring novel ideas and enrich our common research efforts."
European Commission – News Alert