EU Cooperation with Third Countries

The International Bureau is involved in various European research policy coordination projects, in most of them commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In the list below you will find information about current EU funded projects with IB participation. Our archives will inform you about projects that were concluded 2016-2023 or until 2015.

Current EU Projects:

(in alphabetical order of the acronym)

Logo MSCAdvocacy

MSCAdvocacy supports the European Commission in the strategic alignment of MSCA cooperation with 20 international partner countries and 6 partner regions. This involves better synchronisation of MSCA measures with individual funding programmes in the target countries and regions, as well as more targeted advertising of the programme to increase the number of excellent institutions and individuals taking part. Specifically, country and region-specific reports, policy briefs and missions are implemented.

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Logo Plastic Pirates

PlasticPiratesEU is implemented within the EU framework programme Horizon Europe to roll out the successful citizen science project "Plastic Pirates - Go Europe!" all over Europe. The aim is to get Europe's youth interested in science and the protection of the environment, while collecting data on the level and possible origins of plastic waste pollution in Europe's rivers, waterways and seas. The project was expanded to a total of 12 European countries in the first year alone.

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  • Project period: 01.06.2022-30.11.2024
  • Participating third countries: none
  • Coordination: DLR (Germany)
  • Project type: Horizon Europe | CSA
  • Contact: Philip Ackermann
Logo Policy Answers

POLICY ANSWERS supports policy coordination in and with the Western Balkan Countries as well as with the European Commission and the EU. 14 partner organisations representing network nodes, both in the region and in EU expert organisations support the political dialogue through formal meetings (e.g. ministerial and steering platforms), monitoring and agenda setting, capacity building and implementation of the EU agenda for the Western Balkans with orientation of the thematic priorities to the EU priorities.

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  • Project period:01.03.2022-28.02.2026
  • Participating third countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia
  • Coordination: ZSI (Austria)
  • Project type: Horizon Europe | CSA
  • Contact: Ulrike Kunze and Birgit Ditgens

PRIMA aims to promote the integration and joint implementation of national R&I programmes under a common research and innovation strategy to address the challenges of water scarcity, agriculture, and food security in the Mediterranean Area.

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Additional information about PRIMA

  • Project period: 01.01.2018-31.12.2028
  • Participating third countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey
  • Coordination: PRIMA Foundation (Spain)
  • Project type: Horizon 2020 | Article 185 TFEU Initiative
  • Contact: Stephan Epe and Tanja Gillmann
Sino-EU PerMed

SINO-EU-PerMed will conduct a mapping of the personalised medicine landscape and stakeholders in China. It will also promote communication and collaboration between experts in the field of personalised medicine in China and the EU. Sino-EU-PerMed aims at connecting ICPerMed strategies and activities with relevant Chinese stakeholders.

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  • Project period: 01.01.2020 - 30.06.2024
  • Participating third countries: China
  • Coordination: DLR (Germany)
  • Project type: Horizon 2020 | CSA
  • Contact: Carolin Lange