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Is Australia beyond the horizon?

The European Union oversees the world’s largest multinational research programme, Horizon 2020, but can researchers based in Australia take part? Yes, Bruce Wilson of RMIT University tells Gerd Winter, but you need to understand what is and isn’t possible.

Bruce’s top tips

  • Australians can take part in Horizon 2020.
  • Whether you can receive funding depends on the specific scheme and your role.
  • If you work in health or medical sciences, the government can provide funding for you to participate.
  • If you can’t be funded, there are still significant benefits for your career and research.
  • Think strategically about how participating could fit into your broader research plan.

The European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, doesn’t limit itself to Europe. It encourages participation from around the world, and provides funding for those based in lower and middle-income countries. More affluent countries, such as Australia, can also take part, but it is not quite that simple, suggests Bruce Wilson, who heads the European Union Centre at RMIT University.

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