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International Cooperation on Global Change and Ecosystems

Global Change and Ecosystems research in FP6 can often not be confined to the European continent and many projects could benefit from cooperation with non-European partners. For this purpose the European Commission has even earmarked funds specifically for third country participants. Thus, all consortia are encouraged to consider cooperation with third country partners where those would bring an add-on value to the project. A partner search service has been set up to facilitate new collaborations with researchers worldwide.

Funding for the participation of researchers, teams and institutions from third countries (i.e. states that are neither member states nor states associated to the Framework programme) can be made available in most cases in the same way as for European partners (see further below for the conditions). International Co-operation activities have the following overall objectives:

  • To help European researchers, businesses and research organisations in the European Union and in the countries associated with the Framework programme to have access to knowledge and expertise existing elsewhere in the world, and

  • To help ensure Europe's strong and coherent participation in the research initiatives conducted at international level in order to push back the boundaries of knowledge or help to resolve the major global issues.

Participants from all third countries and from international organisations may take part in all activities under this thematic research sub-priority in addition to the minimum number of participants required.

Participants from developing countries, Mediterranean partner countries, Western Balkan countries, as well as Russia and the new independent states (see list of INCO target countries - PDF) can be funded in all activities under this heading. Other third country participants can also be funded in those areas where the relevant part of this work programme makes reference to this possibility or if it is essential for carrying out the research activity.

Besides this general policy, there are some topics in our Work Programme where we make specific reference to the need of international co-operation with specific countries or regions. These references change with each call and we advise you to follow them each time.

In particular, several topics to be open in the current or coming calls are of particular interest for the Cooperation with US scientists as established in specific US-EC agreements.

International Cooperation Activities in FP6

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