Inter-institutional Cooperation in the EU (INCOOP)

This multi-disciplinary Initial Training Network (ITN) on Inter-institutional Cooperation in the EU (INCOOP) brings together Universities, professional organisations and high-level officials that all share a long-term interest in a better understanding of the functioning of institutions in the European system of multi-level governance.


The selected pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers examin different dimensions of inter-level, intra- and inter-institutional cooperation in the EU. Besides a rigorous academic programme and a skills training programme, the possibility of doing an internship at a professional organization forms an integral part of the project. Moreover there is the possibility for exchange between researchers within the network, i.e. for short research stays at other host institutions. 

The participating universities:

  • Maastricht University (coordinator)
  • Cambridge University
  • Fondation nationale des Sciences Politiques Paris (Sciences Po)
  • University of Loughborough
  • University of Mannheim
  • Université de Luxembourg
  • University of Osnabrück

The professional organizations include the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA, Maastricht), DLA Piper (Brussels office) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

The network is financed by the European Union within the framework of the Marie Curie People Programme: Initial Training Networks (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008).