EU Strategy for International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (2012)


The European Commission published a Communication on "Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: A strategic approach" on 17 September 2012. It defines the framework for international cooperation under Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation from 2014-2020.

The Communication and the strategy help define the Union's approach to international cooperation in research and innovation with three objectives:

  • strengthening the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research and innovation and thus its economic and industrial competitiveness;
  • tackling global societal challenges, such as food and energy security and climate change; and
  • supporting the Union’s external policies by improving access to knowledge, people and markets and contributing to the socio-economic development of poorer countries.