Operational Feasibility Study for STI Joint European Liaison Offices (STI JELOs) for European Research Organizations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and the USA

BILAT-projects are EU-funded (FP7) projects with the aim to enhance and further develop the research and innovation cooperation between the EU and an international partner country1 . One of the tasks each participating BILAT-project has to perform is the conduction of a survey assessing the feasibility of an STI Joint European Liaison Office (STI JELO) – requirement within the Working Programme of 2012. The purpose of possible future STI JELOs would be to enhance, support, and sustain research cooperation between the European Union and its international partner countries in the field of science, technology and innovation. Through these offices, European research organizations could be enabled to increase their visibility, widen their networks, initiate joint research projects, organise workshops, and share facilities and costs. Supporting the representation and internationalization of European research organizations ultimately promotes the European Union as a strong and progressive STI landscape. As one of the first steps towards these JELO JELOs, a survey was conducted and analysed to determine whether European research organizations are interested and would be willing to join.

Twelve BILAT-projects jointly conducted the survey examining the interest about establishing STI
Joint European Liaison Offices of European research organisations in:

• Argentina (ABEST III)
• Australia (CAESIE)
• Korea (KONNECT)
• Mexico (EU-MEX INNOVA)
• Brazil (B.BICE+)
• Canada (ERA CAN+)
• New Zealand (FRIENZ)
• Russia (BILAT RUS Advanced)
• Japan (JEUPISTE)
• South Africa (ESASTAP PLUS)