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In 2009, the European Commission presented its communication for a strategic European framework for international cooperation in science and technology (S&T) highlighting that major global challenges such as climate change, poverty, infectious disease, threats to energy, food and water supply, security of the citizen, networks security and the digital divide highlight the need for effective global S&T cooperation to promote sustainable development. Therefore, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation was open to international cooperation. 







Third-countries organizations can take part in all FP7 activities, provided that they respect the eligibility criteria set in the FP7 general Rules for participation and in the specific work programmes.


The 10 themes outlined in the Cooperation programme have opportunities for international cooperation when there is a specific topic or issue that would benefit from collaboration with particular countries (identified in calls as Specific International Cooperation Actions –SICAs). 






Organisations or individuals established in a ICPC - International Cooperation partner country can fully participate in the FP7 and be granted funding support.


High-income countries (e.g. USA, Japan, Australia, Hong-Kong etc.) are not considered ICPCs. They can participate in FP7 projects but they usually do not receive any funding, unless one of the following criteria is met:

  • funding for these countries is foreseen in the call/work programme
  • funding is essential for the implementation of the project
  • funding is foreseen in the bilateral S&T agreement concluded between the EU and this country




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