EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation

Date: 24/10/2016

European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, thanks to an agreement concluded between the European Commission and the US Government.
This  Implementing Arrangement 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. 

The agreement will simplify cooperation between a selected Horizon 2020 project and a US entity, allowing researchers to organise their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement.
It was signed on 17 October by Commissioner Moedas and Anthony L. Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU.

Background: Horizon 2020 and EU-US cooperation

Research and innovation cooperation between the EU and the US is governed by the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which entered into force in 1998.

On 18 June 2014 the EU-US S&T cooperation agreement was renewed for an additional five years with retroactive effect and is now valid until 14 October 2018.The aim of the new implementation agreement is to enable US researchers to cooperate with Horizon 2020 projects outside the framework of the grant agreement, and to increase cooperation in research projects.

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