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International cooperation


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 € 1.9 billions are available for Theme 2, 'Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology'.

International cooperation ¹ between EU and non-EU countries is an important aspect of FP7 and is an integral part of Theme 2 on Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology. Cooperation with participants from Third Countries is encouraged throughout all areas of this theme.

International cooperation is implemented in Theme 2 via five mechanisms:

  • Opening up all research activities to researchers and research organisations from Third Countries .
  • Targeted Opening - For some topics in the Work Programme the participation of specific Third Countries is particularly welcome, as these are areas of mutual interest, and this is clearly stated in the topic description. View the list of the International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) .
  • Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICA) - these aim to generate, share and use knowledge through research partnerships with Third Countries in selected areas of mutual interest and benefit, jointly identified through dialogues with Third Countries and regions. In addition, some SICAs will be dedicated to least-developed countries by taking into account their needs, particularly towards the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Nearly all third countries are eligible for participating in this programme. In addition, participants from International Cooperation Partner Countries can receive financial support from the EC.
  • Coordinated Call – coordinated calls between FP7-Theme 2 and Third Countries
  • Twinning of projects – between FP7-Theme 2 projects and related programmes/parallel calls in Third Countries

For the funding of Third Countries participants, please refer to the FP7 rules of participation .

National Information Points and links to Third Countries

Some third countries have established National Information Points (NIPs) for cooperation with the EU in FP7. These NIPs carry out a broad range of activities aimed at diffusing information, training, networking and facilitating cooperation among the respective scientific communities specialised in this area.

Consult list of NIPs and other responsible persons .

Events and Reports

The views expressed in the following reports are those of the participants to the events, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

Black Sea :

Thematic Workshops in the fields of Food-Agriculture-Biotechnology organised by the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (Athens, GR – 23/24 October 2006)


- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Joint Annual Conference Special Session entitled: ' Research for the future: enhancing the Agri-Food Cooperation with the European Union ' Charlottetown, Prince-Edward-Island, May 26th, 2008

- ' The First Canada-European Union Twinning Workshop on Biofuels and Bioproducts ' Montreal, February 18th-19th, 2008

- ' Canada-EU bilateral meeting: Theme 2 – Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology ', Ottawa, May 8-11 2007


In the frame of the China-EU Science and Technology Year (CESTY) :

- 'China-EU Workshop on Knowledge-Based BioEconomy: Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperation in Biotechnologies, Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Research', Beijing and Wuhan, China, 2-8 July 2007.


- BioVisionAlexandria 2008 ' From Promises to Practice ' 12-16 April 2008


- The 4th Nutraceutical Summit 2008 , including EU-India Day, February 21-23, 2008, at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai

- Information day on "EU-India cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology" , New Dehli, 25 February 2008

- Workshop and visits on "EU-India co-operation in Agriculture, Food and Biotechnology" in New Dehli, Bangalore and Hyderabad, 23 - 28 April 2007

- European Union Day at Bangalore Bio 2006 : India, 8 June 2006

Latin America

- Bi-regional Forum on KBBE in Latin America Countries : Buenos Aires, Argentina, 23 June 2008.

- Bi-regional Workshop: Construction of an EU-LAC FQ&S; research cooperation agenda : Montevideo, Uruguay, 15-16 November 2007

- Latin America – European Union Biofuels Research Workshop Campinas – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23-27 April 2007. Final report .

- Workshop on Cooperation between Andean Countries and the European Union in the area of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology in the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research and Development. Bogotà, Colombia, 24-25 April 2006.

- Cooperation opportunities with Latin America in the Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology thematic area within the 7th Framework: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15-16 December 2005. Final report .

New Zealand

- FOOD-FRENZ Research Developments in Food Science and Technology in Europe and New Zealand International Conference on Cross-sectoral Collaboration and Incorporation of Consumer Foresight in Food Research Budapest, Hungary, 11 and 12 September 2008


- V EC-Russia Symposium on Biotechnology , Puschino, Russia, 1-3 October 2008

- IV EC-Russia Symposium on Biotechnology , Suzdal, Russia, 30 August-02 September 2007

- EU-Russia Symposium on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology , St. Petersburg, Russia, 6-8 June 2006

- EU-Russia symposium on biotech Cooperation , Moscow, Russia, 14-16 March 2005

United States


Since 1990, the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research has been coordinating transatlantic efforts to promote research on biotechnology and its applications for the benefit of society. The Task Force was established in June 1990 by the European Commission and the White House Office of Science and Technology. This mandate is renewed every five years.

The Task Force has acted as an effective forum for discussion, for coordination and for developing new ideas. The Task Force serves as an important think-tank. It focuses on the future of biotechnology and challenges the scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic to expand their thinking beyond specific scientific disciplines.

Task Force members are European Commission and US Government science and technology administrators who meet annually to enhance communication across the Atlantic, and to encourage collaborative research.

A number of joint workshops takes place each year. The reports of these workshops are available on the 'EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research' website .


- FP7 European Information and Brokerage Days , Transnational Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology 29th & 30th November, Brussels

Publications / Brochures / Slides

News/ Articles and Interviews


  • 10 January 2008, Interview of Yvon Martel , Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: title: 'Setting out of the synergies between European and Canadian projects in the field of agricultural bioproducts'
  • 20 December 2007, ' EU and Canada to 'twin' agricultural bioproduct projects ' article
  • 13 June 2007: Interview of Mr Patermann , European Commission, Director of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology Research, : 'Regarding the meeting with the Canadian Agra-Food Department recently, could you summarize for us the most important conclusions?'





  • 13 June 2007, Interview of Mr Patermann, European Commission, Director of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology Research 'What is the European vision and forecast for biotechnology?'. Download video [9.5 MB]


Some third countries provide lists of potential partners interested in cooperating with EU consortia on specific topics under the Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology theme.

View lists of possible research partners from the following third countries including full inventories from NCPs and centres of excellence: Ukraine , Mexico , Russia , Moldova .

CORDIS also offers an established Partners Service and a specialised service for FP7 (currently under development), fostering public-private partnerships to design, propose and launch new projects.

¹ Contact for International Cooperation in FP7 Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnologies: Elisabetta Balzi

Last updated on: 2008-07-28