Knowledge and its production are not bound by national borders. Collaboration between researchers and teams from different countries happens all the time. Such collaborations should be driven by scientific considerations and should not be constrained by administrative issues. To support cross-border collaboration, national research 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 Member Organisations, both Research Funding Organisations and Research Performing Organisations, have a long history of cross-border collaboration and have developed various models for this. Each model has its specific uses and benefits, and at the same time presents challenges to the implementing organisations.
This Working Group serves as a platform for research organisations 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 (ERA-NETs, JPIs, and others), issues related to peer-review, and strategies for co-operation outside Europe.
The ‘Practical Guide to Three Models of Cross-border Collaboration’ (January 2014) is a tool developed by this Working Group with the aim of helping organisations to implement these models, should wish to apply these.
In a concrete move towards borderless science, a number of Science Europe Member Organisations have each signed a Letter of Intent confirming their commitment to implement the principle of Money follows Researcher.