Press Release: U.S. and EU Sign Implementing Arrangement on Horizon 2020

Press Statement

Brussels, Belgium, October 17, 2016

USEU Public Affairs Office

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Gardner, and the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, signed an Implementing Arrangement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Commission to enhance transatlantic cooperation on science, technology, and innovation.

The Implementing Arrangement is intended to reduce barriers to transatlantic science and technology cooperation, enabling U.S. researchers from government, academia, and the private sector, to engage with their EU-funded counterparts in a much broader array of cooperative activities than is possible today.

The Arrangement creates an open platform for transatlantic cooperation by enabling scientists that bring their own funding to the table to develop their own novel mechanisms for international cooperation that are consistent with their respective domestic obligations, thereby reducing the risk of project failures. This approach has the potential to create new partnership opportunities, supported by the EU’s signature Horizon 2020 research funding program and U.S. federal, state, private, and foundation funds.