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1 Michele Genovese DG Research Specific International Cooperation Activities Cooperation with China under the European 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Development INCO BILAT-SILK June 2009

2 FP7 overview (2007-2013) EU’s main instrument for funding research Aim : Contribute to the Union becoming the world’s leading research area Evolution of annual budget Collaborative research 10 thematic areas Frontier Research ERC Capacities : € 4097 People : € 4750 Marie Curie Actions Research Capacity Cooperation : € 32 413 JRC : € 1751 Euratom : € 2751 Nuclear research Ideas : € 7510 FP7 breakdown (€ million)

3 FP7 Structure

4 Basic Principles Public calls for proposals detailed in annual work- programmes Peer review, competitive selection based on scientific excellence Trans-national cooperation Cost-sharing Participants own the results

5 FP7 More inclusive More substantial More integrated More competitive More targeted More coordinated More inclusive More substantial More integrated More competitive More targeted More coordinated International cooperation in FP7: more ambitious

6 Why International Cooperation? To support European competitiveness through strategic partnerships with third countries On the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit To address specific problems faced by developing countries

7 Typology of countries 1- Associated countries ► Same prerogatives as Member States ( Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, + Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia) 2- International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC): neighbouring the EU  Countries neighbouring the EU (Mediterranean Partner Countries, Western Balkans, Eastern European and Central Asian Countries)  Emerging economies  Emerging economies (e.g. China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa) ► Funded 3- Industrialised countries 3- Industrialised countries (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia….) and other high-income countries and territories ► Funded only exceptionally

8 EU – CHINA Science & Technology Agreement Signed in 1998 renewed in 2004 Regular Joint Steering Committee meetings to define common priorities More balanced and equal participation (Concept agreed at JSC meeting in Beijing November 2007) More strategic cooperation based on common interest through the principles of: 1.Co-decision to launch projects in areas which are high on the agenda of both EU and China 2.Co-selection of balanced groups of EU China research teams 3.Co-funding of projects Coordinated calls at the study to be inserted in 2010 WPs Priority areas of cooperation: –Health (i.e. infectious diseases, diabetes, etc.) –Energy/Climate Change/Emission reduction and environmental protection –Biotechnology and food (food safety, animal health, etc.)

9 Options for International Cooperation General opening (Eligibility criteria; Minimum 3 different EU Member State (MS) or Associated Countries (AC)  Beyond this minimum, all 3 rd countries can participate Targeted opening (The participation of third countries is particularly welcomed) Coordinated calls / Twinning of projects (Co-funding) Specific International Co-operation Activities (SICA) (Novelty in FP7 foreseeing dedicated cooperative activities. Eligibility and evaluation criteria: minimum 4 participants from different countries: 2 ICPC + 2 MS or AC) Exchange partnership scheme / Mobility of researchers (People SP) ERA-NET, BILAT, INCO-NET, INCONTACT, etc. (International cooperation activities)

10 China Participation in FP7





15 The strategic European framework for international S&T cooperation Why focus now on S&T international cooperation? Major global challenges (climate change, securing energy suplies, biodiversity and ecosystems, etc) need effective global S&T cooperation Changing pattern of research expertise and investment Growing level of international competition for researchers Increasing cost of research infrastructures Lack of co-ordination between Member States and with the EU on research with third countries

16 Principles underlining the Startegic Framework Widening the ERA and making it more open to the world Ensuring coherence of policies and complementarily of programmes between MS and EC Fostering strategic cooperation with key third countries on a priority research areas Developing the attractiveness of Europe as a research partner Geographic and Thematic targeting –With industrialised and major emerging economies priorities should focus on areas of mutual interest requiring broad international efforts to address global S&T and societal challenges

17 Coordination of national policies and activities on international S&T cooperation (ERA-NET): Objective: To increase the cooperation and coordination of research programmes carried out at national or regional level in the Member States and Associated Countries and which target one third country or several third countries in a given region CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET - Objectives

18 ERA-NET actions can network four types of activities: 1. 1.Information exchange amongst Member States, Associated Countries and Community on S&T international cooperation, thus promoting an effective and efficient international scientific cooperation strategy at EU level; 2. 2.Definition and preparation of joint activities; 3. 3.Implementation of commonly agreed objectives and joint activities by facilitating innovative programmatic approaches; 4. 4.Funding of joint trans-national research actions. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET - Activities

19 Countries/regions covered in the first call (2008): - WBC, Russia, India, Black Sea, South Korea Target region/country in WP2010: - Africa, - Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, USA CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – target groups and country coverage Target groups: - programme owners (e.g. ministries) and - programme managing institutions (e.g. research councils or funding agencies), and others

20 Africa: The proposals should help implement the Africa-EU Joint Strategy and its Action Plan. The joint activities should: be embedded in a coherent and co-ordinated long term vision and sustainable strategy; cover collaborative research, networking, training and/or mobility activities, and should aim at increasing the research capacity of African centres of excellence; be developed in complementarity with the projects supported by the EC. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – Specific activities

21 Brazil, Canada, China, Japan & USA: The proposals should focus either at the coordination of research, innovation and/or mobility programmes of MS & AC. The proposal should strengthen collaboration between existing and new programmes, aim to create the best possible framework conditions for research and/or innovation, identify good practices, promote the use of e.g. programmes both in the private and the public sector, and establish a favourable legal and regulatory policy environment that will promote and protect research findings. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – Specific activities

22 The details of the joint funding activities should be prepared during the first 12 months of the project. The project should deliver a strategy and/or recommendations for future joint activities. The strategy should prepare the way for joint programming and needs to be backed up by a traceable roadmap describing: The implementation steps for joint funding activities; A clear plan describing how programmes will be initiated, trans-national mobility (when applicable) realised and the working conditions of the final beneficiaries enhanced; Budgetary aspects of the contributions of each participating project partner (ie financial commitments); Monitoring and evaluation plans on project and programme level. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – Specific activities

23 Reinforce the impact of the ongoing bilateral S&T cooperation between MS & target countries, Enhance complementarities between the Community & MS and broaden the institutional cooperation, Reduce the fragmentation of the ERA by increasing coordination between national research programmes across the MS & AC, Avoid overlap between the programmes of MS & AC and to develop expertise from mutual learning, Help increase the international dimension of projects, which coordinate national thematic programmes in Europe successfully. Achieve critical mass, to ensure the better use of scarce resources, Develop common governance principles (e.g. with respect to ethics, good practices); Bring together national programmes which deal with cooperation with third countries, and enable them to speak with a 'single voice‘. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – Expected impact

24 Call identifier: FP7-INCO-2010-3 Call publication date: 30/07/09 Call closure date: 19/01/10 Indicative budget: 6 M€ incl. 2 M€ for Africa Funding scheme: CSA-CA, typ 2 M€/project for 3 years Eligibility criteria: min 3 independent legal entities which finance or manage publicly funded national or regional programmes. Each of these must be established in a different Member State or Associated Country. Evaluation criteria: threshold of 3 on criteria and 10 on total, specific ERA- NET evaluation criteria CAPACITIES - International Cooperation ERA-NET – Call fiche

25 Further Information CORDISCORDIS INCO info-deskINCO info-desk INCO portal:INCO portal: International Scientific Cooperation Policy:International Scientific Cooperation Policy: IPR Helpdesk = project funded by the Commission to provide free advice regarding IPR ( + FP7 Helpdesk ()IPR Helpdesk = project funded by the Commission to provide free advice regarding IPR ( + FP7 Helpdesk (


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