International Cooperations (INCO)

The European Research Area only will continue to play a global role if it stays competitive on an international standard. A transnational dialogue or establishing partnerships and networks with various countries or regions outside Europe result in weighing research areas for joint interests. International Cooperation (INCO) focuses on cooperation of countries, which are neither member nor associated states of the European Union. These third countries are split up in International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) and high income countries (USA, Canada, Japan, die Republic Korea, Singapur, Australia, New Zeeland, Taiwan, Hongkong, Macao, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Vatikan State). While participation of ICPC is eligible for funding under FP7, partners fromout high income countries might also be eligible for participation, but in general are not subject to funding by the EU.

International Cooperation is handled differently in the various programmes of FP7:

International coorperation on special topics are performed under the programme Cooperation.

The participation of individual researchers is covered by the programme Ideas.

Measures on international mobility are the focus of the programme People.

The INCO programme within Capacities shall enhance and foster the participation of ICPC in FP7. This contains the support of information exchange and the dialogue with countries outside the EU, which should enable the discussion of current and future priorities in research.

The measures concentrate in three areas:

  • Identification of priorities in science of respective third countries regarding the topics which are in the specific programme Cooperation.
  • Linking of various stakeholders (e.g. universities, economy, governance, society) to strengthen the research capacity.
  • Simplify the development and implementation of a coherent approach in international scientific cooperation on a European level.

The detailed eligibility criteria and conditions are defined in the respective Work Programme and the Call Fiche.