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Research and innovation

Policy background

The Bilateral Agreement for S&T cooperation between the EC and the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) was signed in 2004 and came into force in 2005.

Within the framework of the Agreement, both sides endeavor to develop common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for researchers from Mexico and the European Union to cooperate with each other on the basis of trust.

In 2015 Mexico signed a cooperation agreement with the European Research Council (ERC) to encourage top Mexican scientists to participate in research teams led by ERC grant holders.

In 2014 Mexico was the first partner country to create a complementary funding called CONACYT-Horizon 2020 for financing Mexican partners in successful projects of Horizon 2020. In this respect, Mexico will continue financing within budgetary possibilities, Mexican institutions and researchers participating in the Horizon Europe research programme.

The 10th meeting of the EU-Mexico Joint Science and Technology Committee took place on 30 September 2020 via video conference. The meeting marked the 5-year renewal of the EU-Mexico Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which, since 2005, has played a key role for enhancing dialogue and cooperation between the two sides.

Both sides decided to strengthen research and innovation capacities in

  • marine research
  • health (including Covid-19)
  • renewable energies
  • sustainable cities
  • human capital development

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with more than €90 billion of funding available over 7 years (2021 to 2027). It is open to the world, which means that participants from all over the world can participate in most calls.

International cooperation in Horizon Europe

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Agreements and arrangements

EU-Mexico science and technology cooperation agreement

Implementing Arrangement between the European Commission and the National Council of Science and Technology of the United Mexican States (EN / ES)

Projects and results

Research project database

EU-funded research projects involving Mexico

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.

Example of research project with Mexico

EU-MEX INNOVA (2013-2016) sought to strengthen and enhance the science technology and innovation cooperation work between the EU and Mexico in order to consolidate their strategic partnership

More stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving Mexico.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon Europe.

Research enquiry service

You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit F.2: International cooperation


23 NOVEMBER 2018
Roadmap for EU-Mexico science and technology cooperation
(1.78 MB - PDF)

Joint communique of the10th meeting of the EU-Mexico steering committee of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology
(350.09 KB - PDF)