Cooperation Partners

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France (France)

General Administration for International Co-operation and Development (DGCID)

Acronym: MAEE

Brief Profile:

The General Administration for International Co-operation and Development (DGCID) has four main  missions:

1.      to support and facilitate the internationalisation of French research

2.      to contribute to the construction of the European Research Area

3.      to bring active assistance to research entities, universities, administrations and businesses in partner countries, particularly their scientific structures

4.      to participate in the formation of policies concerning development research, with programmes aiming to increase knowledge and capacity building in developing countries and to support the emergence of scientific communities in the South.


The ministry’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DGCID) fundsprogrammes aimed at encouraging the mobility of scientists, training for research,and elaborate common research projects with foreign partners. It also endeavoursto introduce the latest scientific issues into bilateral or multilateral cooperation programmes. The idea is to give greater influence to French expertise and scientific thinking by favouring those programmes for which French abilities are world-renowned, and to promote initiatives enabling researchers from Southern nations to become involved in the most important current research areas. Within the European context, the DGCID has been involved in preparing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for research and technological development (FP7) as well as all the new instruments created (EIT, ERC, …).

Since 1976, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established 31 bilateral programmes (Programmes d’actions intégrées – PAI) with European countries. Strategic planning is carried out by the Ministry, with the support of the French Ministry in charge of research, the management is run by an association named EGIDE. Recently, new agreements have been signed with all the accessing and candidate countries (except Malta). Regarding the Western Balkan region, bilateral programmes have been created with Croatia (2002), the FYRo Macedonia (2003), Montenegro (2003) and Serbia (2003). Contacts have also been developed with Albania. These programmes are jointly financed with the partner countries.


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