EU- CELAC Common Research Area

The EU-CELAC Common Research Area

 The Common Research Area (CRA) was announced at the EU-CELAC Summit in June 2015 and adopted at the V Senior Officials Meeting in March 2016, focusing on key pillars:

  • Increased mobility of researchers between the two regions, through greater alignment of between European instruments and Latin American, national and/or IberoAmerican schemes to promote mobility.
  • Promotion of access to research infrastructures of global interest to improve sharing of data and scientific excellence, through the exchange of good practice in mapping of existing research and innovation, roadmapping, process and methodology.  
  • Focus cooperation on jointly defined grand challenges to create critical mass, through participation in multilateral initiatives and in flagship area.


The VI SOM of March 2017 has set in place concrete initiatives and mechanisms allowing for the efficient implementation of the Common Research Area:

  • Launch of a Research Infrastructures Working Group to support policy coordination and exchange of information;
  • Launch of discussions about the development of EU and CELAC mobility portals, building on the existing Euraxess network and portal;
  • Agreement on targeted research and innovation actions for bi-regional cooperation in the area of health (non-communicable chronic diseases), climate action and sustainable urbanisation.
  • Launch of an EU-CELAC Policy Advice mechanism to support CELAC countries in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through research and innovation.

International Outreach of Research Infrastructures

It was agreed to establish a bi-regional Working Group on Research Infrastructures, as a first step to support policy making in the research infrastructures dimension, which would facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to a better use and development of research infrastructures amongst the two regions.

Joint addressing grand challenges

The overall objective is to showcase the increase of cooperation opportunities under Horizon 2020 since the launch of the Common Research Area, building on the priorities identified jointly at the SOM in the field of health, sustainable urbanisation, transport and sustainable agriculture. Also, the role of the new regional NCP Network for CELAC will be crucial in disseminating the opportunities provided under Horizon 2020 and mobilizing the scientific community.

Joint addressing grand challenges

The “mobility” pillar aims at establishing a more structured dialogue between academic and research institutions from both regions. Available funding programmes (such as Erasmus + and H2020) and tools (such as the Euraxess portal) have shown their value at EU level and similar initiatives should be further developed in the CELAC region, reflecting national commitment towards enhanced international cooperation and mobility. There is a need to ensure higher visibility of relevant Latin American and Caribbean programmes.

The European Commission EURAXESS portal for CELAC was launched on march 2017.

Based on this context, the current Governance of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation is being reviewed in line with the strategic pillars and concrete steps to implement it are being identified.