10 / 03 / 2021

RTOs International Network (RIN) Joint Statement – RTOs as decisive vehicles to drive international collaboration on RD&I

Sixteen leading Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs) globally, namely A*STAR – Agency for Science Technology and Research (Singapore), AIST – National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), CSIRO – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia), CEA (France), DTI – Danish Technological Institute (Denmark), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), IPT (Brazil), ITRI – Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan), NRC – National Research Council (Canada), NSTDA – National Science and Technology Development Agency (Thailand), NST – National Research Council of Science and Technology (South Korea), RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB (Sweden), SINTEF (Norway), TECNALIA (Spain), TNO (The Netherlands), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland) supported by EARTO, note the importance of strengthening international collaboration on research, development and innovation (RD&I) in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


The current situation worldwide has shown the significant role of RD&I and the utmost importance of RTOs to combat this new health crisis and alleviate its socio-economic impact. RTOs have put in place initiatives and programmes to support collaborative research and share best practices. Networks such as RIN facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices worldwide. It is clearer now that international collaboration amplifies RTOs’ efforts to support their respective economies and societies through and out of this crisis.


While the global technological race accelerates, the world needs to explore and develop new ways of international collaboration, improving the conditions of conducting RD&I and ensuring the right balance between countries’ autonomy and the necessity of continuing and accelerating joint efforts to co-create knowledge and technology. RIN members will continue to move forward together to support economic recovery, and contribute to the future of RD&I.


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