7 reasons for European researchers to cooperate with US partners in the last FP7 Calls.
1. Funding Budget is High. The last round of FP7 Calls is the biggest ever with respect to available funds. Cooperation with US partners is encouraged and budget for US research partners is accessible if certain conditions are met.
2. Transatlantic Cooperation is Stimulated. Collaborative research is stimulated within FP7 aiming at establishing excellent research projects and networks able to attract researchers and investments. Tackling global challenges and addressing more ambitious problems become easier through international cooperation where mutual interest exists. Clear provisions foreseeing the integration of entities established in the
U.S. may be included in the work programme/call for proposals.
3. Integration in FP7 is Simple.Integration of US partners in FP7 consortia is simple. The Participant Portal has become the European Commission's single authoritative website for the publication of FP7 calls, organization registration, all project related services and all FP7 related legal and guidance documents.
4. Timing is Good. Now is the best time to reactivate research networks, reshape research ideas and get started: the last round of FP7 Calls opened in July 2012. It offers a good opportunity for European researchers to collaborate with US partners to secure partial funding of their research by FP7. The new Science, Technology and Innovation Programme, Horizon 2020, will start in January 2014 creating a gap between the two research funding programmes.
5. Re-submission is Encouraged. It is common that most research project proposals become successful when being submitted the second or third time! Re-submission of proposals is encouraged by the European Commission giving the research consortium enough time to complete, review and adapt the research project proposal to the objectives of the work programme. It is fact that project consortia with U.S. participation have a higher success rate!
6. US Partners are Available in the FP7 Partners' database. During the lifetime of FP7, numerous US organizations have registered in the FP7 partners' database, expressing their interest and willingness to participate as research partners in transatlantic projects. Finding an existing research partner from the US is easier than ever! The European Commission offers partner search services on CORDIS.
7. BILAT-USA and Link2US are Supporting The projects. BILAT-USA and Link2US, funded by the EC under FP7, support the enhancement and development of transatlantic S&T partnerships.
BILAT-USA is addressing U.S. researchers providing information on the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), such as open calls targeting specifically cooperation with U.S. researchers, research organizations and companies.
Link2US is addressing European researchers highlighting the major U.S. federal government funding programmes that are open for European researchers.
Looking for a partner from the US please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to specify
- Coordinating Institution
- Type of partner requested
- Requested expertise
- Partner's role
For further information on BILAT-USA and Link2US follow the link.