The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) specific programme ' Cooperation' supports research activities carried out jointly by different research bodies through trans-national cooperation. It aims to achieve or consolidate European leadership in key scientific and technology areas. FP7 allocates € 32.4 billions to the Cooperation programme, of which € 6.1 billions are available for Theme 1 on Health.
International cooperation is an important aspect of FP7 and an integral part of Health. Project consortia in all areas of Theme 1 are encouraged to include organisations from International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) and from countries with Scientific and Technological cooperation agreements with the EU, according to the participation rules. View the list of the International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) and consult the respective eligibility criteria.
International Cooperation in Health follows three main strategies:
- General opening of all topics to any country in the world
- Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICA)
- Programme level cooperation on coordinated topics with certain countries
For more detailed information, please see the presentation on International Cooperation in Health Research 
Publication "International Cooperation in EU-funded Health Research"
This publication provides an overview of the spirit and the mechanisms of EU -funded international health research and snapshots of some of the latest projects. All EU-fudned projects are advancing the understanding of human health or striving to address an unmet need in prevention, diagnosis, treatment or healthcare provision. Each and every one of them may help to save or enhance the lives of several citizens. From research to market, all are contributing to innovation and to the emergence of the knowledge-based economy on which Europe's future will rely. The projects featured here will take you around the world in a short time - without the need for suitcases, passports or travel insurance.
Links to Contact Points for Third Countries
Some third countries have established Contact Points (CPs) for cooperation with EU in FP7. These CPs carry out a broad range of activities aimed at diffusing information, training, networking and facilitating cooperation among the respective scientific communities.
The International Cooperation Contact Officer in the Health Research Directorate is Indridi Benediktsson
Last updated on: 2011-03-21