Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation are addressed in Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement and fall under Subcommittee IV. The policy area is covered by the Working Group on Research and Innovation.  

Investment in strengthened collaboration and excellence in research and innovation are fundamental to ensuring competitiveness of European industry and improved quality of life. The European Research Area aims to create a unified research area open to the world and based on the internal market. It is intended to enable the free circulation of researchers, scientific knowledge and technology.

The EEA EFTA States have participated in Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which the main financial instrument implementing Europe’s policies in the field. Participation in the Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is under consideration.

See also:

EFTA – Horizon 2020

European Commission – Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

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