Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


Making a world of difference, Reaching out to the world

Funded under: FP6-FOOD


Europe is an international scientific powerhouse with a long-standing tradition of scientific excellence. This excellence is reflected in the EU's ability to work in close collaboration with its international partners for the advancement of knowledge.
The EU has successfully set up an integrated European Research Area (ERA) to help galvanise European research through the careful co-ordination of efforts at regional, national and Union levels. The ERA is at the heart of EU research policy. Its main purpose is to ensure that Europe gets maximum value out of its research investment by avoiding the duplication of R&D activities and by linking up institutions engaged in complementary fields of investigation.
Reflecting the universality of scientific investigation, and the added value of global research efforts, the ERA seeks to reach out across the globe. "The European Research Area must be opened up to the rest of the world," believes Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. "This will enable EU countries, and third countries, to benefit from international co-operation (INCO) in science and technology, thereby paving the way for closer political and economic relations."

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