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Cross-border Collaboration

In a globalised research ecosystem, collaboration is key. This collaboration also brings challenges linked to the diversity of scientific and legal environments. Science Europe supports the development of improved mechanisms to support cross-border collaboration and contributes to the development of international dialogue on the topic.

Why does cross-border collaboration matter?

Knowledge and its production are not bound by national borders. In an increasingly complex and interconnected global scientific ecosystem, effective collaboration is key to push the frontiers of knowledge and innovation, maximise its economic and societal impact, and strengthen the attractiveness of Europe as a research and innovation hub.

Science Europe Member Organisations share an ambition to support excellent science and a competitive Europe in the world landscape. They collaborate to allow their research communities to work in the most productive national and international configurations, in order to address research challenges but also to support less research intensive regions.

What are the current priorities?

Science Europe works to foster cross-border collaboration within and beyond Europe while reducing the administrative burden for researchers. To this end, sufficient funding and appropriate tools are needed for researchers that collaborate across borders in diverse scientific and legal environments.

Cross-border collaboration also involves a degree of interoperability. Collaborative schemes must favour common approaches based on mutual trust and understanding between organisations.

Dialogue at global level, including the sharing of data and best practices, is also fundamental for high-quality collaboration among research organisations worldwide.

What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?

Science Europe Member Organisations collaborate to design new strategies and develop mechanisms for increased and more effective collaboration within and outside of European borders. In this context, Science Europe supported 12 of its members in the development of Weave, a cross-European initiative to fund and support excellent international research projects.

Elsewhere, Science Europe provides its Member Organisations with a platform to exchange knowledge and practices to continuously improve the tools available for collaboration, and develop solutions to challenges faced by national research communities. It also seeks to promote international cooperation between researchers through the organisation of Sino-European networking workshops on COVID-19.

Science Europe is also an active voice in the international research community. It contributes to the active European involvement in the Global Research Council and participates in discussions designed to find common understanding on topics of specific importance for research and researchers across the world.

Country Organisation Acronym Name
Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Reinhard Belocky
Belgium Fund for Scientific Research FRS-FNRS Joël Groeneveld
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Olivier Boehme
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Isabelle Verbaeys
Croatia Croatian Science Foundation HRZZ Jasminka Boljević
Croatia Croatian Science Foundation HRZZ Kristina Kotiščak
Czech Republic Czech Science Foundation GAČR Zuzana Naylon
Finland Academy of Finland AKA Johanna Hakala
France French National Research Agency ANR Nakita Vodjdani
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Myriam Poll
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Michael Moessle
Germany Max Planck Society MPG Felix Kahle
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Mairead O’Driscoll
Luxembourg National Research Fund FNR Helena Burg
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO Sebastiaan den Bak
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN Eivind Hovden
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN Kristin Danielsen
Poland Foundation for Polish Science FNP Maria Pawłowska
Poland National Science Centre Poland NCN Justyna Woźniakowska
Sweden Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development FORMAS Katarina Nordqvist
Sweden Swedish Research Council VR Johan Lindell
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Dominique Lazo-Flores
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Jean-Luc Barras
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Paul Wiley

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