The involvement of many disciplines and the availability of numerous large datasets make systems biology an ideal field for international collaboration. An international collaboration programme known as ERASysBio was launched in Europe in 2006 to foster collaboration in the field of systems biology between the thirteen participating funding bodies. ZonMw and NWO represent the Netherlands in the partnership. One of the results of ERASysBio has been a "systems biology strategy paper" in which the partners forecast results that might be achieved through international collaboration. The ERASysBio partners have already taken up some of the recommendations in the report, including the organisation of summer schools and the establishment of a European research programme.