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EU and US express desire for closer research ties

Joint statement follows meeting between US and EU political leaders in Washington

The EU and US have expressed a joint desire to expand their research collaboration, following a meeting between political leaders from the bloc and the country.

Researchers from the EU and US should work more closely together on “critical and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, quantum [and] renewable energy,” the superpowers said on 20 October.

This should be achieved “including by enabling transatlantic research funding activities that allow for both US and EU researcher leadership while considering reciprocity in access to respective US and EU research programmes and ensuring symmetry in managing intellectual property”, the statement added.

Supporting mobility

It also said that the EU and US want to increase mobility between them, including academic exchanges.

The EU said it would increase its funding for its Erasmus+ programme for academic mobility “and will double EU support” for the joint EU-US Fulbright-Schuman education programme, the statement said. 

For its part, the US also plans to increase its funding for the latter programme. The statement said: “This collective support will significantly increase the number of transatlantic academic exchanges between our citizens over the next five years.”

Technology leadership

The two signatories said they wanted to work together to ensure artificial intelligence is used responsibly and for good, such as in health and medical research, and added that their cooperation should also improve cybersecurity.

In addition, the pair will work together on a common vision and industry roadmap on R&D for 6G wireless communication systems.

The statement came from a meeting between Joe Biden, the US president (pictured centre), Charles Michel, the president of the Council of the EU member state governments (pictured left) and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission (pictured right).

Much of it focused on security, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war between Hamas and Israel.