Strengthen the bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Latin America


Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON); Water4All

Deadline: Thursday 9th of March, 2023


Project results are expected to contribute to several of the following expected outcomes:

  • contribution to the EU-CELAC Strategic roadmap, in particular its ‘Research Infrastructures’ pillar;
  • strengthening EU-LAC bi-regional scientific collaboration;
  • enhanced EU-LAC cooperation on research infrastructures in strategic areas;
  • enhanced research capacities in the LAC region and in the EU.



Actions under this topic, in line with the EU-CELAC SOM[1] strategic approach[2], will build on the outputs of the EU-CELAC Research Infrastructure Working Group, and will address one of the two following objectives:

Cooperation in strategic areas:

Proposals should:

  • Support the rollout of bi-regional cooperation in one or more of the priority areas identified by the EU-CELAC Research Infrastructure Working Group through the Horizon 2020 grant EU-LAC RESINFRA[3] (energy, health, biodiversity and climate change, food security and information and communication technologies);
  • Implement specific actions aimed at enhancing RI performance and impact in both regions, such as joint initiatives in management and staff development, developing new services (in particular remote access), sharing data or supporting reciprocal access. Activities should take into account the Sustainability Plan developed by the EU-CELAC Research Infrastructure Working Group through the grant EU-LAC RESINFRA.

Proposals should focus in particular on collaboration agreements in the long term that would remain open to potential new participants in the LAC region.

For proposals with the objective ‘cooperation in strategic areas’ the Commission estimates that an EU contribution of between EUR 1.00 and 1.50 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately.

Policy coordination:

Proposals should:

  • Monitor the development of EU-LAC bi-regional cooperation projects;
  • Identify future cooperation priorities based on the respective road-mapping exercises;
  • Foster the exchange of best practices between the EU and LAC on issues of common strategic relevance such as regional road-mapping processes, research infrastructure management, RI funding along the life-cycle, sharing of data as well as co-development of research and innovation capacity. This will be done through the organization of dedicated workshops and meetings between relevant communities in both regions (research infrastructures, ministries, funding agencies), through study visits or bi-regional staff exchanges, or through dedicated training programmes;
  • Identify remaining bottlenecks to research infrastructures cooperation between the two regions, stimulate the development of favourable framework conditions and develop specific initiatives involving research infrastructures;
  • Support the development of RI staff by stimulating the establishment of shared staff exchange and training programmes between EU and CELAC (with attention to female and young researchers).

For proposals with the objective ‘policy coordination’, the Commission estimates that an EU contribution of around 0.75 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately.

Selected actions under both objectives will be expected to report on their progress to the EU-CELAC Research Infrastructures Working Group.

Read more about this funding opportunity here.