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About the Project

In General

International cooperation plays an increasingly important role in tackling the major European and global challenges. The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) strongly emphasises international cooperation. Increasing international collaboration is implemented by targeting third countries and fostering strategic Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation with key third countries such as the United States.

The BILAT-USA project will set up a sustainable, knowledge based, and bi-regional dialogue platform between S&T key players as well as stakeholders from the EU-Member States and Associated countries and from the U.S.

The project’s goal is to improve the awareness towards EU-U.S. Science & Technology cooperation through a comprehensive set of activities:

  • support a trans-Atlantic dialogue platform, addressing global issues.
  • provide information on Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation activities and opportunities between the EU and the U.S. to facilitate new partnerships towards the EU Framework Programme.
  • promote excellence in cooperative research through the organization of science forums at the policy level, symposia on cross-cutting multidisciplinary issues, workshops and linked brokerage events at the thematic level.
  • facilitate networking to support cooperative activities.


Organization Name Country Contact Person Contact Information


Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Division of European and International Programmes
(Coordinator of BILAT-USA) 


Ralf König
Division of European and International Programmes (EIP)
Head of Unit for International Cooperation and Mobility

Tel: +43 (0) 5 7755–4601
Fax: +43 (0) 5 7755–94600


Elli Tzatzanis - Stepanovic
Project Manager, Expert International Cooperation
Division of European and International Programmes (EIP)
Unit for International Cooperation and Mobility

Tel: +43 (0)5 7755–4603
Fax: +43 (0)5 7755–94600


American Association for the Advancement of Science

(Coordinator of Link2US) 


Tom C. Wang, Ph.D.
Director for International Cooperation


Please contact BILAT-USA project until the new BILAT 2.0 officially starts


Gwen Coat
Project Team Member  

Please contact BILAT-USA project until the new BILAT 2.0 officially starts


Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea


Diassina Di Maggio
Ph.D. Director



Monique Bossi
Project Manager

Via Cavour 7100184 Roma, Italy

Tel: +39-65-911817
Fax: +39-06-5911908


Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation


Dora Groo, Ph.D.




Annamaria Csanyi
EU Project Manager



 INTRASOFT International S.A


Dr. Raimund Bröchler
Manager of the Innovation Projects Department



Tonia Damvakeraki Research and Innovation Policy Analyst



Advisory Group

An Advisory Group has been established to provide strategic guidance in multi-stakeholder dialogue on EU-US S&T cooperation.

The members of the Advisory Group are:

Jan Andersen is the Chief Executive Advisor at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Science, Research and Innovation and Chair of the EARMA (European Association for Research Managers and Administrators)

Prof. Linda Katehi is the chancellor of the University of California, Davis

Prof. Christoph Kratky is the president of the Austrian basic research funding agency (FWF)

Lajos Nyiri is a consultant specialized in strategic planning, evaluation and monitoring of R&D and innovation activities

Prof. Cristina Pedicchio is the President of CBM and member of ERAB (European Research Area Board).

Anthony F. Rock currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Science-
Technology Centers (ASTC)

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Work Packages

Work Package 1: Transatlantic Dialogue
WP1 aims to increase the S&T Dialogue between researchers, policy makers, civil societies of the U.S. and Europe.

Work Package 2: Analysis of Participation and Monitoring
WP2 will support the policy dialogue between the EU and U.S. by providing analytical studies and material on S&T priorities as well as on the details of U.S. participation in the FP.

Work Package 3: Increase Collaboration and Support for Participation in the FP
WP3 will promote and facilitate EU-U.S. research and technological collaborations. A set of activities is foreseen to increase the participation of researchers and research institutions from the U.S. through targeted actions addressing main activities of FP7

Work Package 4: Communication and Dissemination
WP 4 forms the other core activity of the project related to information dissemination and awareness raising.

Work Package 5: Management
WP5 is dedicated to professional project management in order to ensure the effective implementation of the project.   

BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.