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BILAT–USA Analysis of Existing Instruments, Regulations and Obstacles for U.S participation in the 7th Framework Programme

Jan 11, 2012

In order to analyze the most common limitations and obstacles that can affect the participation of U.S. researchers and organizations in the Framework Programmes, two different questionnaires have been submitted.

130 Coordinators (47%) and 105 U.S. Participants in FP7 projects (29%) filled in the online questionnaire.

The main obstacles indicated by the respondents regard the lack of funding for U.S. partners, and legal/ administrative provisions.

If transatlantic cooperation in research is seen as a key point from both sides, than the funding mechanisms on both sides should provide funding opportunities for all partners. U.S. partners perceive the unavailability of funding as a lack of regard to their role in the project and make them feel to be not considered as “full partners”. Also, administrative and legal provisions should be defined in a way that can be acceptable for the U.S. participants.

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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.