EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation

An agreement between the European Commission and the US Government enables European and American researchers to work together more closely.

European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation programme. This is thanks to an agreement concluded today between the European Commission and the US Government.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Bright ideas should know no boundaries, so European research and innovation is open to the world for collaboration. This agreement means that the best talent on both sides of the Atlantic will be able to work even closer together on tackling the global challenges that our societies are facing."

The agreement, called Implementing Arrangement PDF icon, facilitates cooperation between US organisations and Horizon 2020 participants in cases where the US organisations are funded by the US and do not receive any funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. It simplifies cooperation between a selected Horizon 2020 project and a US entity by enabling researchers to organise their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement signed for each project, in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programmes.

The agreement was signed today by Commissioner Moedas and Anthony L. Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU. It is another key step in support of the Commission's policy of making European research and innovation Open to the World.

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