International Co-operation (INCO) is supported and encouraged within
the thematic priority Food Quality and Safety, in keeping with the
vision of an outward-looking European Research Area, and in line with
the overall strategy of supporting International
Co-operation in FP6.
All areas within the Food Quality and
Safety are open to international co-operation. In general, projects
must have a minimum number of participants from Member States,
Candidate States and/or other Associated States
(eg. Israel, Switzerland, EFTA countries), but beyond this, participation
is open in principle to legal entities from any country
(bar a few current exceptions - see the compendium
of work programme extracts), and to international organisations.
There is a particular focus on co-operating with organisations
target countries (African, Caribbean, Pacific, Asian & Latin
American countries; The Mediterranean partner countries; Russia
and the New Independent states; Western Balkan countries), and on
countries with Scientific and Technical co-operation agreements
Further information about scientific co-operation
between the EU and Russia-NIS can be found on the following
Food NCP of
For the participation of INCO target third countries within Food
Quality and Safety, an indicative budget of 15.9 MEUR within the
total budget of 685 MEUR is targeted.
Eligibility for Funding
- Participants from Member States, Candidate countries, Associated
States, and International organizations of European Interest -
fully eligible for funding.
- Participants from INCO target countries - funding within limits
of available budget earmarked for international co-operation (indicative
15.9 MEUR for Food Quality and Safety).
- Other countries - funding if necessary for carrying out the
- Other international organisations - funding if necessary for
carrying out the research.
Specific Support Actions (SSAs)
Funding is available for SSAs to stimulate international co-operation,
in particular with
- countries having signed S&T agreements with the EU,
- INCO target countries.
SSAs may be executed by a single legal entity from a Member State
or Associated State, involving other partners as appropriate (including
partners from third countries).
A list of SSAs already funded in the Food Quality and Safety area,
including those addressing international cooperation is available
A special focus on SSAs funded in the Food Quality and Safety area
and addressing international cooperation is available here.
When submitting proposals, care should be taken not to duplicate
SSAs that have been already selected for funding under earlier calls.
The last FP6 deadlines are still open for
SSAs in the field of Food Quality and Safety, including those addressing
Other FP6 actions supporting international
co-operation in food related research
- Some countries provide lists of potential research partners in
the field of Food Quality and Safety (Russia)
- There is a partner search tool partner
search tool on CORDIS.
- Project websites or other interesting web-links on international
co-operation in the field of Food Quality and Safety research.