Australia and the EU have a long history of productive research collaboration: the first treaty-level science and technology agreement signed by the EU with an industrialised country was with Australia in 1994. Australia has more collaboration with the EU than any single country in the world, averaging over 13,000 co-publications per year over the period 2011-15. Australia was the EU’s fifth highest non-EU collaborator over the same period.
Bilateral research collaboration priorities are set and cooperation is monitored at Australia-EU Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meetings.
Australia's Global Innovation Strategy (GIS) is the framework guiding Australia’s international industry, innovation and science cooperation. The EU and its member countries are priority economies for collaboration. All EU countries are eligible to apply with an Australian partner for the GIS Global Innovation Linkages programme and the Global Connections Fund.