United States and European Commission Announce Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants

Grants Will Further Exchange between U.S. and EU Citizens on Innovation Policy and Technology

On October 19th, Ambassador Anthony Gardner announced the creation of a new joint initiative by the United States and the European Commission, the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants, under the auspices of the Fulbright-Schuman program.  In his remarks at the College of Europe’s conference “Transatlantic Leadership in a Global Perspective,” Gardner noted that the Innovation Grants will “take the Fulbright-Schuman program to the next level” in providing support for researchers and mid-career professionals from the United States and the EU who work “at the intersection of technology and policy, allowing for a transatlantic approach to harnessing the potential of new technologies.”

Martine Reicherts, Director General for Education and Culture, reaffirmed in a statement the European Commission’s strong commitment to the jointly funded Fulbright-Schuman grant program, which provides valuable support to the mobility of students and professionals conducting research in the field of US-EU relations, and in doing so, greatly strengthens the transatlantic relationship.

As global leaders in technology and education, the United States and the European Union strive to foster new generations of American and European researchers and policymakers.  The Innovation Grants will support one to two Europeans and Americans per year to spend six to nine months on the other side of the Atlantic, working with colleagues to harness the promise of new technologies while addressing the policy challenges they pose.  The grants will reflect the evolving priorities of U.S.-EU relations, with Academic Year 2016-2017 focusing on Data Privacy and Protection, while future years may address other emerging areas of interest, from cyber security to health care.

Gardner called on American businesses in Europe to play a role in launching the American component of this exciting initiative, asking them to make “an investment in the future of transatlantic cooperation.”  The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture will fund the exchange of EU citizens through existing funding mechanisms, while American citizens will be supported by the private contributions raised by the U.S. Mission to the European Union for the Innovation Grants, adding to the U.S. government’s financial support for Fulbright-Schuman.

The Fulbright-Schuman Program is the flagship joint exchange program between the United States and the European Union.  The first exchanges were established under the Transatlantic Declaration in 1990. Over the last 25 years, the Fulbright-Schuman Program has supported more than 350 American and Europeans travelling across the Atlantic researching on all aspects of U.S.-EU relations.

Gardner told students at the College of Europe that it takes people-to-people exchanges to keep the transatlantic relationship strong.  “We need the best young minds of Europe and the United States focused on these issues. You are the ones who can build those bridges, now and throughout your careers.”

More information on the Fulbright-Schuman program can be found athttp://www.fulbrightschuman.eu/. American companies interesting in playing a part in this initiative please contact useupa@state.gov for more information.