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H2020: International Cooperation Flagships

The International Cooperation Flagship (INCO) Initiatives (not to be confused with the FET Flagships) are research initiatives recognised by the EU and the relevant partner country as political priorities of mutual interest which are eventually translated into specific calls in Horizon 2020. They help to ensure that dedicated funding is available for all researchers taking part in projects, and that international cooperation in Horizon 2020 remains high by targeting specific international partner countries.

A number of INCO Flagships were established in 2014 (including the EU-China Food, Agriculture and Bioeconomy Flagship and the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance) and the 2016-2017 work programmes for Societal Challenge 2 and Societal Challenge 6 included specific calls for proposals.

Many new INCO Flagships will be integrated into the 2018-2020 work programme, this is largely in response to the lower than expected participation of third countries in Horizon 2020 (2.3% compared to almost 5% in FP7).

The following INCO Flagship Initiatives are included in the new Work Programme:

Pillar 3 (Societal Challenges)

Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and bioeconomy

Societal Challenge 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy

Societal Challenge 4: Smart, green and integrated transport

Societal Challenge 5: Climate change, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

Societal Challenge 6: European in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Pillar 2: Industrial Leadership




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