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Research and innovation cooperation between Australia and the European Union is set to continue: over 200 researchers and innovators met last week to learn more about collaborating in projects under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for the period 2018-2020 – launched in October 2017 - provides opportunities for EU-Australian research and innovation cooperation. These opportunities were discussed in a series of information days that took place in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane on March 19, 21 and 22.
Australian and EU researchers have a long history of productive research collaboration. Under the current Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation, there have been 153 instances where Australian entities have participated in research projects / consortia. As of October 2017, there were 130 signed grants, with €4.4 million in EU contributions and €12.8 million in contributions by Australian entities. In collaborative actions in Horizon 2020 Australian entities have 57 participants across 46 signed grants.
Among others, cooperation in the field of health is fruitful, especially through the work of Australia's NHMRC – The National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC Collaborative Research Grants provide Australian researchers with an opportunity to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers, where those projects have been selected for funding under Horizon 2020.
Australian researchers are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme, particularly in the fields of: bioeconomy, research infrastructures, health, earth and marine observations, and metrology. Further information can be found at the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Participant Portal: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html
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