EU & International Science
International Collaboration in Research and Development
Our scientific programme regularly benefits from international cooperation. Defra engages internationally on evidence and innovation to both promote policy interests directly and to influence European and other international decisions. Collaboration in this way offers opportunities to address common policy challenges through a joint research response, exploit the complementary strengths of different national research programmes, and achieve the critical mass needed to fund large-scale projects.
As part of this, Defra supports the developing European Research Area primarily through participation in the EU's Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. Through the Programme Management Committees of the "Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology" and "Environment (including climate change)" themes we are working on the development of work programmes in the seventh Framework Programme (FP7) that meet UK needs. We also look to maximise any opportunities to influence the work programmes in other areas of FP7 including energy, transport and nanosciences. Defra's Science Strategy and International Division (SISD) and European and International Sustainable Development Division are responsible for taking this forward.
Defra participates on UK co-ordinating committees such as the Global Science and Innovation Forum (GSIF), whose strategic framework is to improve the co-ordination of the UK 's engagement in international science and innovation. Defra also participates in other EU and international science activities and fora. For example, SISD represents Defra's interest on the EU Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), and supports researcher collaboration and international mobility, particularly in the areas of agriculture and food, through European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) and the co-operative research programmes of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Links to Pages :
EU Framework Programme 6 (FP6) ( 19KB)
EU Framework Programme Project Information ( 191KB)
EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7) ( 172KB)
EU Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR) ( 206KB)
Global Science and Innovation Forum (GSIF) ( 46KB)
European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) ( 36KB)
EU Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) ( 25Kb)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ( 27KB)
European Agricultural Research Initiative (Euragri) ( 50KB)
last modified: 28 March 2007
Page published: 28 March 2007