EU-U.S. cooperation within FP7

'Framework Programmes' (FPs) have been the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. The current FP7 will expire in 2013. It is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.

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On 10 July 2012 most of the final FP7 calls for proposals were published, with some further specific calls to follow in autumn. The FP7 Research Participants Portal shows all latest calls and necessary information documents. 


U.S. participation and funding under FP7

Participation is open to organizations and legal entities established in Third countries: Any company, university, research center, organization or individual, legally established in any country, can participate in a collaborative project provided that the minimum conditions laid down in the ‘FP7 Rules for Participation’ have been met, as well as any additional conditions laid down by the FP7 Specific Programmes (Cooperation, Ideas, People, Capacities) or individual FP7 Work Programmes.

Information about FP7 participation and funding conditions for Third countries (non-EU Member States or FP7 Associated Countries) such as the U.S. (High-income country) can be found here.

Funding for research organizations and researchers from high-income countries, such as the U.S., is possible under the following conditions:

  1. Provision is made to that effect in the specific programmes or in the relevant work programme,
  2. Contribution is essential for carrying out the research project and,
  3. Funding is provided for in a bilateral scientific and technological agreement* or any other arrangement between the Community and the country in which the legal entity is established.

* The European Community has concluded bi-lateral S&T agreements with a number of individual countries. These agreements constitute a framework and a privileged forum to identify common interests, priorities, policy dialogue, and the necessary tools for S&T collaboration.

FP7 2013 Calls open specifically for U.S. Participation

Based on the participation rules, organizations from third countries can participate in FP7 open calls for proposals.

Nevertheless, in some cases, for example under the thematic areas or under the International Cooperation programme, there can be calls specifically targeting third countries, e.g., the U.S. The European Commission published a presentation on the opportunities for U.S. partners in the FP7 calls (2013 Work Programmes), targeting U.S. partners.

DG Research & Innovation organised on 11 July 2012 an Information Meeting about the new calls for proposals under the 2013 Work Programme of the Activities of International Cooperation (INCO). Read all relevant documents presented at the FP7 2013 Work Programme Info-Day.


Read "7 reasons for U.S. researchers to participate in the last FP7 Calls".