Cross-border Collaboration

Knowledge and its production are not bound by national borders. Indeed, international co-operation, both within and outside of Europe, has always been part of the European scientific landscape; cross-border collaboration is a reality, and takes place every day across the globe.

Science Europe Member Organisations share an ambition to support excellent science. This requires allowing their research communities to work in the most productive national and international configurations, in order to address research challenges and to support less research intensive regions. Increased collaboration across borders should not mean increased administrative burden for researchers. However, cross-border collaboration often requires funding support from more than one country, or for research funds to cross borders, and this can be operationally challenging to manage.

To support cross-border collaboration, Science Europe Member Organisations have developed their own frameworks of collaboration by putting in place procedures and mechanisms that allow them to extend their support to researchers involved in collaborations with partners from other countries. Cross-border collaboration involves a degree of interoperability and common approaches which are based on mutual trust and understanding between organisations that often operate in very diverse scientific and legal environments.

Science Europe Network on Cross-border Collaboration

The Science Europe Network on Cross-border Collaboration was established in March 2016 to replace an existing Working Group on the same topic. It brings together senior staff from Science Europe Member Organisations who are specifically interested in the topic of cross-border collaboration.

It is a self-managed forum where members can exchange knowledge and discuss strategies and tools that aim to increase, improve, and strengthen cross-border collaboration within and outside Europe. It serves as a platform for members to exchange practice, to develop solutions to challenges and to foster cross-border collaboration in and beyond Europe, through common approaches. It is a space for experts to discuss multilateral co-operation tools, issues related to peer-review, and strategies for co-operation outside Europe.

Publications on Cross-border Collaboration

News

(0702/19) Science Europe issues a statement on managing the independence and guaranteeing the excellence of the European Research Council... read more

(29/01/19) Science Europe launches guide to support the international alignment of Research Data Management... read more

Science Europe wishes you a very happy festive season and looks forward to working with you in 2019... read more

(17/12/2018) Science Europe reaction to the legislators' latest decisions on Horizon Europe read more

(23/11/18) Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe, has been appointed as one of 11 members of the new Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

(12/11/2018) R&I stakeholders call on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing in the PSI Directive... read more

(19/10/18) Science Europe is currently recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer... read more

Documents

The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more