International Cooperation & Networking

International Cooperation is seen as a major action for different research bodies, in trans-national countries, to gain or consolidate their leadership in key scientific and technology areas. These actions end-up improving the level of excellence of ICT research, strengthening collaborations, and building up consortiums to widen the participation of countries worldwide in Community supported ICT research projects.

Research and innovation have always been interlinked internationally and this has been further increased in recent years by information and communication technologies and the emergence of new global players in science and technology. The European Union's international scientific cooperation policy addresses the needs and opportunities of an interconnected world, and contributes to peace and prosperity for European citizens.

Networking activities contribute to improve synergies and co-operation between research communities and project consortiums. Thematic networking improves the exchange of information and knowledge across national boundaries. Learning lessons emerging from projects can make it easier to mainstream results and findings into national and European policies on education and training.