U.S.-EU Workshop Promotes Transatlantic Cooperation in Science and Technology

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 10, 2017


On January 10, the U.S. Department of State hosted a joint U.S.-EU workshop for the science and technology communities to discuss opportunities for scientific collaboration under the new Implementing Arrangement for Horizon 2020, the European Union’s nearly 80 billion euro research funding program. The new Implementing Arrangement between the United States and the European Commission, signed on October 17, 2016, enables U.S. researchers from government, academia, and the private sector to engage with their EU-funded counterparts in broad array of research activities.

At the workshop, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine A. Novelli underscored the impact the Implementing Arrangement will have on facilitating collaboration between U.S. researchers and their EU-funded counterparts to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The Implementing Arrangement creates an open platform for transatlantic cooperation by enabling scientists that bring their own funding to a project to develop their own novel mechanisms for international cooperation that are consistent with their respective domestic obligations, thereby reducing the risk of project failures.

Research administrators and scientists received practical information on how to make use of the options for collaboration associated with the Implementing Arrangement to enhance transatlantic cooperation on science, technology, and innovation. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (American Friends), the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International).

For further information, please contact Kia Henry at HenryKT@state.gov.