To become more competitive and play a leading role globally, the European Community needs a strong and coherent international science and technology (S&T) policy with three objectives:
- support European competitiveness through strategic partnerships with non-EU countries in selected fields of science and by engaging the best scientists from such countries to work with and in Europe;
- enhance the production of knowledge and scientific excellence by enabling European universities, research institutions and firms to establish contacts with their partners in such third countries, thereby facilitating access to research environments outside Europe and promoting synergies on a global scale;
- address specific problems that third countries face, or that have a global character, on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit
- Bi-regional coordination of S&T cooperation including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies (under Coordination and Support Activities;
- Bilateral coordination for the enhancement and development of S&T partnerships;
- Supporting the coordination of national policies and activities of EU Member States and Associated Countries on international S&T cooperation (ERA-NET & ERA-NET PLUS).
Currently open calls for Support for the Coherent Development of Research Policies programme can be accessed via Participant portal
The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 180 million for funding this theme over the duration of FP7.
- COUNCIL DECISION on the Specific Programme: “Capacities”
- CORDIS – Support to the coherent development of research policies
- A New Approach to International S&T Cooperation in the EU’s 7th Framework programme (2007-2013)
- ec.europa.eu – International Cooperation
- CORDIS – Specific International Scientific Cooperation Activities (INCO)
- BILAT USA 2.0 website
National Contact Point for “Capacities” programme in Lithuania: Aistė Vilkanauskytė (+370) 52618530, email@example.com.