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


(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

(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more

(02/05/18) The proposed budget for Horizon Europe is an increase, but less than required… Read more

(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more


Science Without Publication Paywalls: cOAlition S for the Realisation of Full and Immediate Open Access... read more