H2020: the international cooperation
dimension
Claudio BOGLIOTTI, CIHEAM-IAMB
Marinella GIANNELLI, CIHEAM-IAMB
Objective
Taking stock of opportunities for MPCs
in H20202 Work Programme 2014-2015
INCO in H2020 vs FP7
• No ad-hoc INCO Work Programme
• No Specific Actions having the inclusion of MPCs as eligibility criteria but open
topics
• Open topics
• Instruments: research & innovation actions or support actions (horizontal issues,
policy, cooperation and dialogue)
• International cooperation hidden accross pillars and challenges
Methodology
• Analysis of WPs 2014-2015 of H2020 identifying topics having geographic
focus or being of potential thematic interest for the Mediterranean
Partner Countries
• Grouping topics into four cathegories:
1) Direct geographic relevance (Mediterranean)
2) Indirect geographic relevance (ENP, Africa, S&T agreemets…)
3) International cooperation connotation (no geographic focus)
4)Thematic relevance (potential thematic interest for MPCs)
Brief outline of terminology
Pillar I (Excellent Science)
Pillar II (Industrial Leadership)
Pillar III (Societal Challenges)
Horizontal Issues (Spreading excellence, Science for Society)
• The 7 Societal Challenges are:
1. Health, demographic change and wellbeing
5. Climate action, environment, resource
efficiency and raw materials
2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and
forestry, marine and maritime and inland water
research and the bioeconomy
6. Europe in a changing world – inclusive,
innovative and reflective Societies
3. Secure, clean and efficient energy
7. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and
security of Europe and its citizens
4. Smart, green and integrated transport
Overall results
Pillar
Topics WP 2015-15 Direct Relevance
I - Exc. Science
45
II - Ind. Leadersh.
166
III - Societ. Chall.
298
Horizontal Issues
25
TOTAL
534
Indirect Relevance
0
0
3
0
3
2
0
9
0
11
International cooperation
11
12
51
3
77
Thematic relevance
0
15
19
2
36
On a total of more than 500 topics, 3
are directly focused on Mediterranean
countries, 11 have an indirect
geographic relevance, 77 have an
explicit
international
cooperation
connotation and 34 have only thematic
relevance for the Mediterranean .
Focus on Societal Challenges
Societal Challenge
SC 1 - Health
SC 2 - Food
SC 3 - Energy
SC 4 - Transport
SC 5 - Climate
SC 6 - Societies
SC 7 - Security
TOTAL
Direct Relevance Indirect Relevance International Cooperation Thematic relevance TOTAL
6
2
8
1
2
10
7
20
2
5
7
1
10
11
4
4
4
12
2
2
4
8
15
1
16
3
9
51
19
82
• The majority (82 out of 127) of the
topics identified in the four categories
belong to Pillar III – Societal Challenges.
•Food appears to be the most recurring
in the four categories.
• Considering
direct
or
indirect
geographic relevance, the most
recurring SC are Climate and Societies,
followed by Food and Transport.
Mediterranean dimension of H2020 (1/3)
Pillar
Topics WP 2015-15 Direct Relevance
I - Exc. Science
45
II - Ind. Leadersh.
166
III - Societ. Chall.
298
Horizontal Issues
25
TOTAL
534
Indirect Relevance International cooperation
0
2
0
0
3
9
0
0
3
11
Thematic relevance
11
0
12
15
51
19
3
2
77
36
• The 3 topics with direct geographic relevance are all included in Pillar III, and
related to SC Food (1 topic) and SC Societies (2 topics)
• The 11 topics with indirect geographic relevance are included in Pillar I (2
topics) and Pillar III (9 topics). The SC addressed by these topics are: Food,
Transport, Climate and Societies.
Mediterranean dimension of H2020 (2/3)
List of Topics with direct geographic relevance
1) Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced
governance and social innovation (ISIB 3 – 2015)
2) Re-invigorating the partnership between the two shores of the
Mediterranean (INT 6 – 2015)
3) Towards a new geopolitical order in the South and East Mediterranean
(INT 7 -2015)
Mediterranean dimension of H2020 (3/3)
List of Topics with indirect geographic relevance
International cooperation for research infrastructures (INFRASUPP 6 – 2014)
Network of National Contact Points (INFRASUPP-8-2014)
Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa (SFS 6 – 2014)
Small farms but global markets: the role of small and family farms in food and nutrition
security (SFS 18 – 2015)
Smarter design, construction and maintenance (MG.8.1-2014)
Coordinating and supporting raw materials research and innovation (SC-5-13-2014/2015)
Mediterranean dimension of H2020 (3/4)
List of Topics with indirect geographic relevance
Coordinating and supporting research and innovation in the area of climate action, environment,
resource efficiency and raw materials (SC5-19-2014/2015)
Coordinating and supporting Earth Observation research and innovation in the EU, and in the North
African, Middle East, and Balkan region (SC-18-2014/2015)
Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water (WATER-5-2014/2015)
Encouraging the research and innovation cooperation between the Union and selected regional
partners (INT 2 – 2014/2015)
The European Union, Turkey and its wider neighbourhood: challenges and opportunities (INT 92015)
International co-operation connotation
International Cooperation/SC Topics
SC 1 - Health
SC2 - Food
SC3 - Energy
SC4 - Transport
SC5 - Climate
SC6 - Societies
SC7 - Security
TOTAL
6
10
2
10
4
4
15
51
As for the international cooperation
connotation at large, on a total of 77 topics,
11 are under Pillar I, 12 are under Pillar II, 50
are under Pillar III and 3 are under Horizontal
Issues.
The bulk of topics which address International
Cooperation is under Pillar III. SC Security, Food
and Transport have an higher degree of
international cooperation activities encouraged.
Thematic dimension (1/2)
As for the thematic dimension, on a total
of 36 topics which have been deemed to
have a particular relevance to the current
themes
and
challenges
of
the
Mediterranean region, the majority are
under Pillar II and III
Also in this case, there is an higher
concentration of relevant topics in Pillar III,
therefore it is worth showing which SC are
addressed by the selected topics. Food is
again the SC mainly addressed (37%).
Thematic dimension (2/2)
The 36 topics with thematic relevance for the Mediterranean have been grouped under
the following themes: Food, Health, Energy, Water, Environment/Climate Change,
Research governance, Gender, Logistics. Some topics have been identified addressing
the nexus Health/Energy, Food/Energy, Health/Food.
Mobility
Transnational cooperation among Marie
Curie NCPs (2014)
RISE: Research Innovation Staff Exchange
(2014)
Conclusions (1/2)
• Mediterranean dimension in WPs 2014-15 is rather limited (3 topics, all in
SC Pillar).
• Important presence of topics addressing Mediterranean countries in
association with other countries/regions (11 topics, ranging from research
infrastructure, NCPs, small farms, climate change...)
• Extended set of topics encouraging international cooperation (77 topics).
These topics are open to all countries and are of potential interest for the
Mediterranean since they address relevant themes (innovation, natural
resources, health, agro-food, energy, transport, climate change,
sustainable development, security).
Conclusions (2/2)
• High variety of topics with no reference to international cooperation nor
to the Mediterranean but with a high thematic relevance (Food, Health,
Energy, Water, Environment/Climate Change, Research governance,
Gender, Logistics).
• All topics identified mainly belong to two types of actions: Coordination
and Support Actions and Research and Innovation Actions.
• Wide range of topics (other than the ones addressing only the
Mediterranean) offering good opportunities for research actors of this
region – either in thematic issues or cross-cutting activities.
• A major attention and effort of NCPs in essential. NCPs which could act as
a hub connecting European and non-European Mediterranean researchers
and institutions.
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