Supporting international science and technology cooperation with major regions of the world
The launch of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research – FP7 (2007-2013) places a renewed emphasis on international cooperation in science and technology (S&T). The new approach of international cooperation in FP7 aims to support European competitiveness through strategic partnerships with third countries, facilitating access to research carried out elsewhere in the world, and tackling specific challenges that third countries face or that have a global character on the basis of mutual interest and benefit. International cooperation is embedded into the different specific programmes of... FP7. The underpinning activities aimed at building a European Research Area open to the world are carried out under the Activities of International Cooperation of the Capacities Specific Programme and include the INCO-NET projects presented in these synopses. The INCO-NET projects will support the policy dialogue in S&T with the different regions of the world, thus providing a platform for setting research priorities and implementing activities of dissemination and monitoring in order to strengthen the participation of organisations from third countries. The first wave of funded projects includes the following regions: Western Balkans, eastern Europe, central Asia, the Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africa, south east Asia and Latin America.