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Collaborating as peers or targeted by science diplomacy? The participation of Latin American researchers in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2022)


In this paper, we discuss whether Latin American researchers participate in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP) by joining European colleagues as peers, or by being targeted as part of a science diplomacy initiative. We analyse the participation of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico (LAC) in the 7th (2007–2013) and 8th (2014–2020) programs, based on CORDIS data and the Open Aire repository. We determine the scope of these countries’ participation and the variables that intervene. Results show that funding received by LAC organizations decreased significantly from the 7th to the 8th FP due to an increase in projects with no EU monetary contribution. Co-authoring with European partners or by domestic authors in publications issued from these projects by LAC researchers represented an average 12% of all publications in both FPs, and it was marginal in some projects and decisive in others, depending on the topic of research. We conclude that the participation of these countries due to EU science diplomacy actions was important in the 7th FP and less so in H2020 and that this involvement has become less dependent on their being targeted as a region, or by Spain’s brokerage as coordinator.

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Authors & Contributors
Lievevrouw, Elisa
Ruy Fabila-Monroy
Plutniak, Sébastien
Luis Humberto Fabila-Castillo
Tehya Stockman
Mareike Smolka
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
Science as Culture
Public Understanding of Science
Engineering Studies
Palgrave Macmillan
Science and technology studies (STS)
Global south
Scientific collaboration
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Lin, Wen-yuan
Law, John
Bloor, David
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
European Union
Latin America
Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar)
Google (firm)
International Council of Scientific Unions
International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Apple (firm)

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