Two agreements in Science and Technology were signed in 2008: one for general S&T cooperation, and one related to homeland security issues.
* a clear political willingness to cooperate
* a means of defining priorities in collaboration and exchanges
* a context in which to establish new cooperative efforts
* a way to establish standards regarding intellectual property
Mme. Valérie Pécresse, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Dr. Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between France and the United States. The agreement aims at encouraging shared projects between researchers in the two countries. It will help clarify researchers’ situations, notably for intellectual property, and the discoveries they make.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is soliciting applications for international research projects aligned with the mission and requirements of DHS S&T. These projects should be designed to augment and complement, through international research and collaboration, the depth and breadth of homeland security science and technology research.