European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, will be in Washington, DC this week (October 2-4), where she will receive the Transatlantic Leadership Award at the European Institute’s 2014 Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner. With the award, the European Institute recognizes Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn’s role in reviving the Transatlantic Research and Innovation Dialogue and the vision with which she has helped shape and secure the European Union’s ambitious research agenda, Horizon 2020.
“There are no two partners in the world who are better suited to collaborate on science,” Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn said ahead of her visit. She pointed out that by working together, the EU and U.S. can encourage higher global standards. “With tighter fiscal constraints it makes sense to pool resources in some areas to increase the impact of research, promote breakthroughs and boost our ability to compete in world markets.”
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn noted that the cooperation between European and U.S. scientists and innovators is rich, deep and diverse. “Well over 40 percent of the non-European recipients of the highly prestigious grants of the European Research Council are American. Also, the strongest exchanges of researchers beyond Europe were with the U.S. in the Marie Curie mobility and training actions. I cannot stress enough how important the U.S. is as a partner for cooperation in the Horizon 2020 program.” Moreover, “in 2014-15 alone, almost $500 million of funding is dedicated to calls for proposals in topics specifically encouraging cooperation with U.S. researchers. These include areas such as marine and Arctic research, health, transport, materials, information and communication technologies, energy and security research.”
While having achieved a lot together, “there is still much to do, and many opportunities to be seized. Progress will be important for the sake of our job seekers, our economies and our quality of life,” Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn said.
The European Institute will also honor Dr. Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman of the Kissinger Associates consultancy (and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment) with the Transatlantic Leadership Award, recognizing his ‘multiple, lasting contributions and steadfast leadership in strengthening trade and economic ties between Europe and the United States.’
For more information on Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, please see: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/geoghegan-quinn/index_en.htm