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07 Mar 2019

Commission publishes Monitoring Flash on International Cooperation in Horizon 2020

The European Commission's recently published Monitoring Flash sheds light on the state of play of international cooperation under Horizon 2020 after 5 years of implementation. This evidence base should inform policy discussions on the Commission proposal for Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

With applicants from 163 non-associated third countries so far, Horizon 2020 demonstrates a very broad international outreach. The USA gathers about 30% of these applications, followed by China (8%), Canada (6%) and Australia (5%). Regarding participations, a total of 108 non-associated third countries are represented in Horizon 2020 projects. With over 1.100 participations so far, the USA accounts for 28% of participations from non-associated third countries.

Compared to FP7, there is a clear drop in the participation of non-associated third countries in collaborative projects. The preliminary results of the 2018 calls show an increase in the participations of non-associated third countries in collaborative projects to 3.6% in 2018.

With regard to Horizon 2020 programme parts, about half of these participations take place in MSCA projects. This is driven by the USA, which constitutes 40% of these participations. Projects in Societal Challenge 1 “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” are also particularly well represented (9% of participations from non-associated third countries). This can be partly explained by the fact that US participants are eligible to receive EU funding under this Societal Challenge. Other programme parts with a large representation of participations from non-associated third countries are Societal Challenge 2 (“Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy”, with 9.3% of participations) and Societal Challenge 5 (“Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”, with 7.1% of participations). Compared to EU participations, non-associated third countries participate significantly less in the programme parts dedicated to Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT), in Societal Challenge 4 (“Smart, green and integrated transport”) and Societal Challenge 3 (“Secure, clean and efficient energy”).

The report can be downloaded here.


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