"New Zealand has signed an association agreement with the EU’s Horizon Europe
research and innovation programme, becoming the first non-geographically close
partner to join. Horizon Europe is the largest EU research and innovation
programme with a budget of €95.5 billion, open to participants from around the
This move signifies a new approach by the EU to strengthen ties with trusted
partners with a strong scientific base and research track record. Formal
relations between the EU and New Zealand in research and innovation date back
to 2009. The association allows New Zealand researchers and organisations to
participate in Pillar II of the programme, focused on shared global challenges
in various sectors, including climate, energy, mobility, digital, industry and
space, health, and more. They will have equal access to funding and networks of
researchers in Europe and beyond.
This collaboration contributes to Europe’s global research and innovation
cooperation approach and reaffirms the EU’s commitment to driving excellence
and promoting global openness. The Horizon Europe programme has introduced a
new approach to international cooperation, allowing association with
like-minded countries outside the EU’s geographic proximity. Formal
negotiations are ongoing with Canada, and talks have been launched with the
Republic of Korea."
Via Joerg Fliege, who wrote "Excellent news. For New Zealand and the EU, I
mean." and Christoph S.
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