It performs two main activities:
Coordination: Determination of most interesting countries for international cooperation
Matching and filtering of topics and potential partners, including the definition of criteria, based also on the compatibility of target partners with the European guidelines in terms of sustainability, environmental compatibility and human rights. The process strives for a balanced cooperation.
Support: Agenda for, and initiation of, international cooperation
Framing and supporting concrete cooperation, which implements the results of the previous activities, providing advice and support to the Commission in the establishing of joint research actions with the identified countries.