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Grants for Collaborative Projects, including Research, innovation close to market, Coordination and Support Actions, and other new schemes (i.e. prizes, innovative public procurement, etc…) oriented to Political Priorities and Challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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  GRANTS FOR EUROPE AS A GLOBAL ACTOR
INT-1-2014 Enhancing and focusing research and innovation cooperation with the Union’s key international partner countries CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeThe aim is to get the best value out of the Union’s cooperation with its most important international partners and to generate more impact by enhancing and focusing international cooperation activities, by:− Stimulating research...
INT-10-2015 The European Union and integration challenges in the Balkans CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe Balkans represent an interesting neighbouring region for the EU from geographic as well as from political and historical perspectives. Since the launch of the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) in 2000, one country...
INT-11-2015 European cultural and science diplomacy: exploiting the potential of culture and science in the EU’s external relations CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeAt a time when other major global players, such as China or South Korea, are stepping up their public diplomacy efforts around cultural issues, including science and education, cultural diplomacy becomes also an emerging interest...
INT-12-2015 The cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-LAC relations CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeA shared history, as well as cultural, political and economic ties, closely connect Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Individual countries enjoy close bilateral relations, and cooperation at regional and sub-regional...
INT-2-2014 Encouraging the research and innovation cooperation between the Union and selected regional partners CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe aim is to:− stimulate and enhance the cooperation between researchers from the Union and those of the regional partners in question, including and in particular through Horizon 2020 and the partner's funding programmes;−...
INT-3-2015 Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe notion of and access to global justice has been at the centre of many debates about the objectives and legitimacy of global governance and international law. For some, global justice implies solidarity with all humankind on...
INT-4-2015 The European Union's contribution to global development: in search of greater policy coherence CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeDevelopment policy represents one of the key areas of activity of EU external relations. In order to further enhance the impact of its actions in this policy domain, the European Union, in particular the European Consensus on Development,...
INT-5-2015 Rethinking the European Union crisis response mechanism in light of recent conflicts CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeIn recent years, the European Union or its members have, on several occasions, intervened in third countries to give support for conflict resolution or to counter destabilisation or other security threats. In general terms, such...
INT-6-2015 Re-invigorating the partnership between the two shores of the Mediterranean CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeDuring the last decade, the Mediterranean basin has inspired several concepts, instruments and policies like the Barcelona process, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Union for the Mediterranean, the European Neighbourhood...
INT-7-2015 Towards a new geopolitical order in the South and East Mediterranean region CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeFor several years, the political landscape of the South and East Mediterranean countries (SEMCs) has been quickly reshaped, affecting the geopolitical order of the whole SEMCs and Middle East area. Regimes that were established...
INT-8-2015 The European Union and the Eastern Partnership CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe European Union's Eastern and North-Eastern neighbours include six post-Soviet countries of strategic importance with whom the EU has sought to reinforce relationships since the 1990s. Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and the three...
INT-9-2015 The European Union, Turkey and its wider neighbourhood: challenges and opportunities CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeSince the outset of the European integration process in the aftermath of World War II, Turkey has been an important economic and political partner for the EU and a strategic military ally within NATO, forming a bridge into the Middle...
Research and innovation have an important role to play in addressing the complex challenges with which the world is confronted and in strengthening Europe's role on the global scene.
To achieve this, two complementary approaches are necessary:
− Stepping up international cooperation in research and innovation: to tackle global societal challenges, strengthen European research excellence and economic competitiveness and contribute to the Union's external relations;
− Research to support Europe's role as a global actor: supporting the Union's external relations by contributing to the knowledge base on the external environment the Union operates in.
International cooperation in research and innovation
International cooperation is a key cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020 and the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012) 497) outlines the dual approach to international cooperation in Horizon 2020:
 Horizon 2020 is open to the participation of researchers from across the world;
 Targeted international cooperation activities are included across the societal challenges, enabling and industrial technologies and other relevant parts of Horizon 2020. For each of these activities, the area and partner for cooperation are identified upfront and they concern areas where cooperating with international partners creates win-win situations and adds value in achieving the Union's objectives.
Research to support Europe’s role as a global actor
In addition and in order to solidify its global role, the Union not only needs to take supporting measures to step up its international cooperation in research and innovation, but also has to launch ambitious research projects to acquire a sound understanding of the external environment it operates in. Assuming a responsible global role implies then reaching out to and cooperating with partners for greater stability and prosperity in its immediate neighbouring regions (with the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Balkans, Turkey, Mediterranean basin). It also means tackling joint challenges, for instance regarding sustainable development and climate change, with strategic partners (such as China, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, Japan). Finally, it requires establishing durable and constructive relations with other state and non-state players on all continents.